Last Sunday Paul and Fi led us in a preparation for Lent. So this is what we are doing:
- We are supporting the 40 for 40 Trussell Trust campaign – 40p each day from each home for 40 days of Lent to support the huge numbers of families and individuals needing the help of food banks this Easter.
- We are using these words: Lent: serious, intentional, reflective.
We have chosen to fast
Not with ashes but with actions
Not with sackcloth but in sharing
Not in thoughts but in deeds.
We remember your resurrection promise
Of a new world breaking into ours
And we remember that you are over all,
around all and in all
- We are using this reflection:
Fast from discontent Feast on gratitude
Fast from worry Feast on Good’s providence
Fast from complaining Feast on appreciation
Fast from consumerism Feast on generosity
Fast from unrelenting pressure Feast on ‘all will be well’
Fast from self-concern Feast on compassion for others
Fast from evasion Feast on openness
Fast from avoidance Feast on participation
Fast from cynicism Feast on hope and truth
Fast from problems that overwhelm Feast on prayer that sustains
This is adapted from something written by William Arthur Ward. We always use a version of this at this time of year in ThirdSpace. I personally use a couplet each day to focus on – it’s very challenging!! Join me?