“Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection…I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word…”

These are the opening words to the Confession of Sin on Ash Wednesday.  They offer us an opportunity to observe the 40 days of Lent as a time set aside from all the other seasons of the church year. They invite us to find time to review our lives and remember those places where we may have fallen short of the glory of God.

During this Lent, I hope you will find time to meditate on the invitation to confession and set aside time each day to read portion of Scripture, maybe the Psalms, the Letters of Paul, or in this year of the Gospel of Luke to read that rich and blessed Gospel. As you read and meditate on God’s word ask where God may be leading you in your personal life and the corporate life of the body of Christ, Faith Episcopal Church.

Fast if you wish, but remember we are also required to good stewards of our bodies and so if fasting will cause you physical harm do not fast. Instead of giving up candy or whatever you generally restrict each Lent, take on something. As Christ took on the mantle of humanity and healed and served others, maybe you might spend an hour with someone who is alone and would welcome your company. You might offer a young mother an hour a week to relax while you watch her children, or take a casserole to an older adult who lives alone and join them for dinner one night. There are many opportunities to take on corporal works of mercy, rather than give up something. I hope your Lent will be time of renewal of your faith and your commitment to God and God’s community.

Blessing for this Lent.