Lenten Disciplines

Each year when Lent rolls around, we talk about what we’ll “give up” for Lent.  Lent is an opportune time to try out a new spiritual discipline.  It is 40 days. It is enough time to establish a new habit.  It is not so long that we will give up if the discipline feels too hard for us at the beginning.  (I can do anything for a month!)

I’ve been pondering what to do this year for Lent.

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days to fast — remembering not only Jesus’ sacrifice of himself out of love for us, but also remembering all of the people in our world who die from hunger/poverty-related reasons every day.
  • Calvary has a set of devotions related to our outreach ministries — and the proceeds from the coin banks and folders will be given to the Two Rivers – Mishicot Ecumenical Pantry (TREP) — so I’ll do those daily activities.  But, those are … too easy? … too routine? … too ordinary? … I don’t know what to call it.  I’ve been doing them for a long time, so I guess I’m a little bored with them.My Mandala

I want something unique and creative to do this year.  I’ve been eager to start drawing mandalas.  Perhaps I can work on a mandala for the entire season of Lent — drawing a little more each day.  Perhaps I can even post pictures each day on this blog!  Hmmm …. sounds like I have my plan for Lent.

This mandala is a painting that was made for me.  I love it!  It will be interesting to see what happens as I begin to draw one for myself.

Prayer Beads

???????????????????????????????Prayer beads have been used by many religious traditions for thousands of years. They come in a variety of styles, materials, and configurations.

As I make prayer beads, for example this set, I pray for the person who will receive them.  Sometimes I know who that will be, because I am custom-making a set for a particular person.  Sometimes I don’t know who that will be, because I’m making a set that will be put at Calvary for anyone to take or I’m making a set that I will be selling on Etsy.

Making prayer beads is a way for me to focus on prayer and also to unwind from the cares of the day.  It is relaxing.  It keeps me connected with God.  And it helps me to lift those whom I love into God’s hands.  Not a bad way to spend an evening.  🙂