Friday, 24 February 2012
Do you perceive Lent as Giving Up versus Taking Up ?
Often Lent is equated with deprivation or the giving up of things you like (caffeine, soda, sugar, cursing, dessert, chocolate). Your daily Lenten observation does not need to be an act of going without – it can just as easily be a period to take up a positive practice.
Possibly you’ve always wanted to read the bible on a daily basis or commit to a dedicated daily prayer time but couldn’t find the time in your schedule, some want to volunteer but haven’t dedicated the time to actually pick up the phone to offer services to a deserving organization or longed to learn more about the various committees of service here at St. James. Purposeful, dedicated, intentional prayer or bible reading time and is a very positive way to both observe Lent and deepen your relationship with God. Why not visit the St. James website to send an email to each committee Chair expressing interest in how you may help them ? I’m sure our annual Easter Brunch organizers will welcome extra assistance. There are so many ways to serve the church; do you possess creativity, are you a natural organizer, wondered what the ‘Altar Guild’ actually does, are you an exceptional picture taker and the infinite list could continue.
As we begin our Lenten journey for 2012, the following prayer may be helpful to begin each day:
“ Dear Lord, as I begin my Lenten journey toward spiritual growth, help me to look deep within myself and let go of the old and embrace the new life that comes from you. ”
We ask that you remember that good stewardship doesn’t lie in stashing and saving, but in giving.