Let’s think about Lent…

Hey there, friends & members of Woodland!

It’s almost Lent in the church calendar, which means quite a bit. Lent is a time of reflection and contemplation, and is often used to intentionally center on spiritual practices or disciplines.

While you don’t have to take up a discipline or give something up, it’s an opportunity to be more intentional about your spiritual life. I remember a season in my life when I was particularly bitter. It wasn’t a good fit for me to abandon something material or to give up a habit. Rather, it was transformational for me to adopt the practice of prayer and meditation, especially prayers for those I felt bitter towards.

At the end of the day, Lent should not be a distraction or stressor on your life. For some, the guidance of a therapist or mentor can be a resource when thinking about Lent and any changes to habits or practices.

I’d like to invite you to our Lenten book study. It’s a great opportunity to find a Lenten community, dialog about practices and disciplines together, and be intentional about your spiritual life.

This book study will focus on Brené Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness,” a book that centers on themes of belonging and un-belonging. It’s not an explicitly Christian book. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to join us if you’re a bit unsure or hesitant to get involved with a church.

I’ll be leading our first study on February 18. I promise we won’t ask you frightfully personal questions or ask you to leap out of your comfort zone. Instead, we’ll be joining in some group discussion, creating small groups to share our thoughts, and exploring what it looks like to unashamedly exist as ourselves.

You’re more than welcome to read the first chapter of “Braving the Wilderness.” It’s not required, but could give you some ideas to think about.

You can purchase a book at Woodland for $20, or bring your own copy on February 18. The study will begin at 9:45a, and all are welcomed without exception in our worship service beginning at 11:00a.

I hope you’ll join us as we begin this Lenten season.

Michael (michael@woodlandpresbyterianchurch.com)