Bread For The Journey

Here’s the thing I’ve learned about taking time off… I have to do it for my mental health. I know, I know, it seems like a no-brainer, but I’m a first-born-over-achiever who loves what she does! I’ve learned that I need more than one day off per week. I keep office hours Monday through Thursday; Friday is my Sabbath and Saturday is my sermonating day so I can have Sunday’s worship firmly in my head and heart. My lesson: my office hours are changing to Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; Thursday will be my study day.

Some of you might be able to relate to my fast-pace. There is much in this life that we can’t control, but how we live is very much in our power. Tomorrow (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent – a forty day period (not including Sundays) of ritual and reflection. Lent is essentially a spiritual journey reminding us of the Israelites journey out of Egypt and into the desert.

Like any journey or trip, we need to be equipped. For vacations, we pack our swim suits and play clothes. For a business trip, we pack our computer and acetaminophen. What do we need for our Lenten journey? “Bread For The Journey.”

Our ‘bread’ will come in various forms of prayer practices on Wednesday evenings and guided prayer during Sunday worship. Through stories about what spiritual leaders have learned on their spiritual journeys, we’ll see ourselves. Through participating in more intentional prayer, we can make space for the Spirit to speak to us about who we are called to be and what our mission focus can be.

Prayer: Journey with us, O God, through this day, through this season. May we follow your leading and draw strength from your presence beside us. And in those times and places we feel alone, help us to trust you will bring good to us and to all. Break us open, Holy One, and speak to us so that we may hear your yearning for who we are and what we do.

Amen.

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