- eat chocolate
- swear at bad drivers
- taste a different microbrew every week
- drink tea daily and coffee if the bus is late
- eat Monday night $1 ribs at the sports bar
Because, “It is not what goes into the mouth that makes a person unclean. It is what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean." Matthew 15:11
Therefore, during Lent this year, I am excited to...
- Practice the prayer discipline of fasting and serving at a homeless shelter on Thursdays ["Is this not the fast that I have chosen: ...to share your bread with the hungry...?" Isaiah 58:5-7]
- Donate to The Prom Dress Project vs sell on eBay my two new purple evening gowns that ended up being way to large for me by the time I lost weight and my formal event came around [“...This woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity, which she continually did.” Acts 9:36]
- Explain why I am not participating in political vitriol -- my lips are moving even when you don’t hear a sound [“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10]
- Demand that past trauma shuts up, forgiveness speaks up, and live in my authentic loving self in my most intimate relationship [“Forgive us our trespasses as we give up resentment against those who trespassed against us.” Matthew 6:12]
- Hand write encouragement notes to pastors and ministers (email your mailing address) serving congregations in this season [“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10]
Oh Lord of Lent, I pray the words of the Psalmist David recorded in 51:10: "Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me." and psalter this prayer as does the Psalmist Donnie here --
"Are you capable of risking your life for someone? Do it for Christ."
- Pope John Paul II, Lent Quote