Bound by Faith

Bound by Faith

A Note From Pastor Heidi

As Spring arrives and we head into the Lenten season, let us each take pause in today’s busy world to consciously take a moment to renew our spirits. This semester in my Theological Leadership course at Phillips Theological Seminary, we have been charged with engaging weekly in a spiritual reflection and then keeping a weekly blog, private journal or written account of our experiences. We began by taking a survey of different practices that we may do regularly or things we may be comfortable doing as well as other things that may be outside of our comfort zone and then ranked them accordingly. This exercise has given me the opportunity to be intentional in trying new things and to be focused on the experiences and not just whiz right through the assignment for the sake of putting a check in the box.

I share all this information as an opportunity for each of us to journey together through Lent with intention and purpose to grow, strengthen, deepen and expand our spiritual practices. In what ways may you commit to try new experiences during the 40-day journey to Easter? Here are a few suggestions that may help spur your thoughts and actions – volunteer at a local food pantry or soup kitchen, visit an art museum exhibit with religious themes, walk a labyrinth, tend a garden, attend a yoga/tai chi class, bake homemade bread to share with a neighbor, fast for one day (or more), spend a day in silence at home, read a novel, engage in a daily devotional reading or take a meditation/prayer walk. Then come share your experience with me, as sharing our journey is also part of our spiritual journeys. I eagerly look forward to hearing from you and sharing with you as well as together is truly better.