Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lenten Reflection/Calendar 2016

Beginning today, each of us is invited to write down ONE thing per day, that holds us back or makes us feel "less than" or causes us to "sin" or keeps us from realizing our full potential or keeps us from the love of God or that keeps us from recognizing and sharing God in our lives - some of the "ashes" of your life. 

Keep a running list, perhaps write it down after each Lenten activity provided below.

What do you need to recognize in yourself, about yourself, that perhaps you need to rise from? Or, what/who are the "small g" gods (not God) in your life that take up too much of  your time and effort and energy?

These are the things that keep us from being all that God created us to be.
These are the things that we hope to rise from when Easter comes.

As we discussed, we will "burn" each of our sheets of paper/lists before Easter/during Holy Week. We will symbolically rise from our personal ashes.

Every day of Lent, pray the following verse:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
As you pray this verse, know that you pray it in unison with every other person who is also observing this Lenten calendar. We are united in our prayer.

Feb. 10            Ash Wednesday
                        “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
                        Action: Fast today

Feb. 11            “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”  Proverbs 3:27
                        Action: Make some donation to a charity – listen to your heart to know what to do

Feb. 12            “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
                        Action: Pray all day for someone who has hurt you

Feb. 13            “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
                        Action: Clean out a drawer of your choice

Feb. 14            “Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath day of solemn rest.” Leviticus 23:3
Action: Do NO work today

Feb. 15            “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for God, not for men.”
                        Action: Do a favor for someone

Feb. 16            “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
                        Action: All day long, take notice of ALL that you are thankful for. LIVE gratefulness today, and make sure to thank everyone for what they do for you

Feb. 17            “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men/women.” Luke 2:14
                        Action: Pray for peace in the world. Fast from something you love today, and offer it for someone in the world who lives in great turmoil and fear

Feb. 18            “Our Father.” Matthew 6:9
                        Action: Recognize what’s in YOU that resembles God, your Parent

Feb. 19            “For man/woman does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4
                        Action: Fast from one meal today; pray for those who are hungry

Feb. 20            “Pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
                        Action: Pray for someone in the bible group, or church group, or friend

Feb. 21            “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
                        Action: Walk with God today for at least 30 minutes, whether in prayer, meditation or at a church service

Feb. 22            “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2
                        Action: Pray. Think. Consider. Be honest, and confess something deep within your heart/soul to God

Feb. 23            “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Matthew 8:26
                        Action: Do something that challenges you

Feb. 24            “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
Action: Open the bible to a section of your choice. Spend 10 minutes reading God’s word – just a verse - What does it say to you?

Feb. 25            “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
                        Action: If you are able, visit a loved one’s grave site

Feb. 26            “Therefore, even now, says the Lord, ‘Turn to me with all your heart, and with fasting.’” Joel 2:12
                        Action: Refrain from your favorite beverage today

Feb. 27            “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
                        2 Timothy 1:7
                        Action: Clean out a cabinet

Feb. 28            “Praise God! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!” Psalm 150:1
                        Action: Praise God and give God thanks today at a church service (sanctuary) or outside enjoying nature (His heavens)

Feb. 29            “For God so loved the world, that He have His only Son.” John 3:16
                        Action: Give something to someone whom you love (whether a word, a call, a card, a gift, etc)

March 1          “Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.” John 21:15
                        Action: Donate money, food or clothing to the needy

March 2          “No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve both God and Money.” Luke 16:13
                        Action: Examine your conscience/life: Whom do you serve, God or money?

March 3          “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16
                        Action: Do something for a child today

March 4          “Jesus sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Luke 9: 2
                        Action: Reach out to someone who is sick, whether by a card, a call, an email, or a visit

March 5          “I wanted to see what was worthwhile for people to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.” Ecclesiastes 2:3
                        Action: Meditation – What do you think is the most “worthwhile” thing that you do in your life? Pray that God gives you “your work” to do in this life

March 6          “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8
                        Action: Do something to make this day holy

March 7          “I saw the tears of the oppressed, and they have no comforter.” Eccl 4:1
                        Action: Refrain from entertainment social media (internet, Facebook, YouTube, etc). Pray for the oppressed in this world – pray for their comfort

March 8          “O fear the Lord, you His saints, for to those who know Him there is no want.”
                        Psalm 34:9
                        Action: Meditate on The Beatitudes, Matthew 5: 3-12

March 9          “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” Hebrews 12: 1-2
                        Action: Look for an opportunity to do an act of kindness for someone, whether you know the person, or not

March 10        “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Pslam 51:10
                        Action: Clean your house, or some part of it, in preparation for Easter

March 11        “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
                        Action: Play your favorite music and spend some time releasing anxiety and renewing your mind

March 12        “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.” Matthew 6:16
                        Action: Refrain from eating one meal today

March 13        “Jesus asked, ‘Who do you say that I am?’” Matthew 16:15
                        Action: No television today. Instead, spend time in prayer, at church or elsewhere, and answer that question of who YOU say Jesus is

March 14        “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17
                        Action: Make a donation to the poor

March 15        “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17: 20-21
                        Action: Start something or do something that you have always wanted to do, but fear stopped you – make a first step

March 16        “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us.” 1 John 1:9
                        Action: Make a confession of your sins – use prayer of your choice

March 17        “Do not accuse a man for no reason – when he has done you no harm.” Proverbs 3:30
                        Action: Reach out to someone whom you have wronged, whether literally or in prayer, and ask for forgiveness

March 18        “Do not set your heart on what you eat or drink; do not worry about it.” Luke 12: 29
                        Action: Fast from your favorite beverage today

March 19        “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded him.” Matthew 1: 24
                        Action: Today is the Feast of St. Joseph - Pray for people who are unemployed

March 20        “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Luke 19:38
                        Action: Attend a Palm Sunday service

March 21        “He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3
                        Action: Reach out to console someone whom you know is sorrowful, sad, lonely or grieving

March 22        “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
                        Action: No music, radio, etc.  today. Spend time in quiet solitude

March 23        “God is love.” 1 John 4:8
                        Action: Live the love of God today in every way you can

March 24        “This is My body which is given for you; do this in memory of Me.” Luke 22:19
                        Action: Attend a service tonight to commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper, our Eucharistic meal or read Luke 22: 7 – 38

March 25        “And with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
                        Action: Fast today.  Visit a church or meditate on the cross, and wonder…

March 26        “At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid…they laid Jesus there.” John 19: 41-42
                        Action: Be quiet for at least 30 minutes today, and listen to the silence

March 27        Easter Sunday!
                        “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here…He has risen!”
                        Luke 24:5-6

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I taught you.
And lo, I am with you always, even until the end of time.” Jesus

Matthew 28: 19-20

Permission granted to publish by Rev.Karen Rezach