Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent

We are already several days into Lent, so you might already have your Lenten observance all planned out and on track. But in case you are still thinking about how to mark the season, or are already grouping, I thought I’d share this.

Last week, I saw a blog post containing House of All Sinners and Saints’ 40 Ideas for Keeping A Holy Lent. I liked the idea of committing to a particular practice each day. An invitation on a daily basis to be mindful about the Lenten observance.

As you’ll agree if you look at the link, some of their suggestions seemed to me good suggestions for anyone: taking 5 minutes of silence at noon, doing someone else’s chore, praying for one’s enemies, calling a friend one hadn’t spoken to in a while.

But some I knew would not be meaningful for me. Considering how little I shop, “No shopping day” is not really a practice for me. “Bring your own mug” – I already do that. I also knew that some of the suggestions for days I knew I was traveling would not work.

So I sat down on Fat Tuesday after reading the post and created my own. I took into account my schedule (what is feasible on days I’m out of town and what is not), used their list as a springboard for ideas. It actually took me a while to come up with practices for 40 days and, in the end, I repeated a couple. But no harm there.

Whether this is helpful to you or not, I pray that you are finding some way to make this Lent a meaningful one.

Blessings on your day.