Lent began Feb. 17 on Ash Wednesday.
Lent, the 40-day season leading up to Easter, has been set aside by the church as a season of repentance and fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. It is also time to find stillness in a hectic world.
Hour upon hour spent in front of screens, the constant inflow of information, much of it negative, the state of vigilance brought about by COVID-19, coupled with living physically contracted lives, can lead to high stress, and even burnout. Just as the physical body needs proper care, so does the soul.
When Jesus teaches us how to pray, he instructs us to, “go into your room and shut the door (Matthew 6:6).” As the pandemic has necessitated that we do this physically, this may not sound like helpful advice. I think we need to interpret these words in spiritual terms. Tune out the world of distraction, and set aside time and space for prayer, through which you will find spiritual nourishment and replenishment.
This Lent, be sure to find space to tend to your spiritual needs.