Date: Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday
Scripture: 3 John 1:2-8
Verse: Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. (3 John 1:2)
The season of Lent begins today. Forty days, not including Sundays, to remind us of our mortality, draw us closer to God, and prepare us for a glorious celebration of resurrection on Easter Sunday. Many people fast during Lent – giving up chocolate or soda, skipping a meal once a week, not eating meat on Fridays, or disconnecting from social media. All of which serve to remind us that our physical and spiritual lives are intimately connected. How we care for one area affects all other areas of our lives.
Here in 3 John, the apostle refers to this connection as he addresses a friend, “that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” There is a sense of wholeness when our body and soul are both well. Lent is a great time for us to concentrate on that connection, caring for our entire selves.
You may not choose fast, but I would encourage each of us to find a way to grow spiritually during these 40 days. Maybe you could work on relationships, or a specific relationship. Maybe you want to develop your prayer life. Maybe you just need to find time for silence and listening for the Spirit’s nudge. Or maybe you want to add a time of worship to your day. Whatever it is, find at least one way of caring for yourself throughout this season.
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus, for caring for all of me. Amen.
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