North Highland United Methodist Church
Monday, May 17, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


Ash Wednesday, this year February 26, marks the beginning of the 40 day season of Lent. Lent means different things to most of us, largely dependent upon personal experience, or traditions of faith or family. You may have a tradition of giving up something for Lent, or adding a spiritual practice or focus. Rather that it being seen as a burden, Lent can be greatly bene-ficial to each personal faith journey. The ultimate hope is that on Easter we are fully open to the wonder and promise of new life of the resurrection. Below are some Lent practices that are more nontraditional that while not adding another item to a full plate, might de-clutter our lives and spirits, allowing us to become more focused, more open in heart and spirit, con-tented, grateful, aware of God’s presence and oh so many more!
  •  Begin each day with a positive word to another, or to God.
  •  Give up soda or sweets for 40 days, and you have only 26 more days to make it a healthy habit (it takes 66 days for something to become habit).
  •  Each day pick up something you no longer need or use, put it in a con-tainer. You will de-clutter, and have 40 items for the rummage sale.
  •  Catch your self criticizing, and replace it with an affirmation.
  •  Do not buy anything except true necessities for 40 days.
  •  Replace 30 minutes of screen time with quiet, prayer, or deep breathing.
  •  Begin a gratitude notebook, or write on slips of paper and put in a jar.
  •  Read the Gospel of Luke. (There are 24 chapters.)
  •  Begin an internal process of forgiveness or letting go of a grudge. 40 days may be long enough for the emotional response to be gone.
  •  Exchange swear words, foul language or OMG for a more gentle word.
  •  Write thank you notes or notes of gratitude to others.
There are likely many more easily adaptable practices that we can do that just might help de-clutter our inner selves, so that we may become all that we have been created to be. New life is surely on the horizon!

Peace and blessings on this Lenten journey,
Pastor Lou