Lift Up for Lent
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. A time of preparation, devotion, discipline, prayer and preparation for Easter. Historically, Lent has been at time to give up something…to demonstrate discipline, to remove those things that keep you from turning to God, to try in some small way to experience suffering, since Christ suffered for us. But more and more, people are finding it more meaningful to take on rather than give up.
In our busy lives, the idea of taking anything else on seems daunting. And in our broken world, the idea that we can do something to help it heal is an appealing, yet often overwhelming, concept.
This Lent in the midst of your busy lives lived out in a broken (and yet still beautiful) world, I invite you to take on the discipline of encouragement. Commit to encouraging or lifting up at least one person a day. We can all manage to fit that into our schedule.
At a time in our world when many people feel marginalized, misunderstood, unheard and unrepresented, words of encouragement, statements of solidarity and actions of love and acceptance are crucial to our sense of well-being.
Lift up for Lent this year. Subscribe to this blog and get an email each day of Lent with ideas of how you might lift up and encourage others.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11