March 20, the Second Sunday of Lent

March 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

During the season of Lent, this blog will explore a passage of Scripture for six days of the week. On the seventh day, Sunday, we will consider how to engage community during this time.

We do this because it is a way to recognize Christ’s life and emulate it ourselves. While Christ did seek times of solitude and personal prayer, he spent a great deal of time in fellowship with others; serving, teaching, healing, and also simply “being.” By looking at Christ’s life, we recognize that the spiritual life involves other people. Just as Christ did not live his life in complete solitude, we need to recognize that we cannot, either. Faith is meant to take place within relationship with both God and other people.

Again, these suggestions on Sunday are not meant to be commands or ultimatums. They are simply suggestions that are meant to start us thinking about Christian life in community. Please feel free to modify these suggestions; or, you may think of something completely different that you want to practice. That’s fine.

This week, practice an intentional act of service. This could be meeting a particular need in someone’s life, such as babysitting or helping with a home project. Another way would be to work within a volunteer center within your city or perhaps taking advantage of service opportunities that your church provides. As you give of your life for the sake of someone else, ponder how Christ gave his life for the world.

As we journey through Lent together, may we experience God through service.

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