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           I invite you to use one, a few or all of these practices in your daily journey. This Lenten season, without fears or apprehensions, let us journey with the spiritual practices and see what the Holy Spirit will reveal for us. Let us also support one another in this journey and hold one another in prayer. May the journey be life-giving for all of us. God bless you and I remain your partner in justice.


Dear Broadway Community,


    During the weeks of Lent, I will give us several options to continue the journey of "listening." If you plan to only take a few minutes to be silent and listen to what God might be trying to reveal to you – I am suggesting, you add a couple questions – What am I meant to do? What am I meant to be? I invite you to ponder on these questions, whenever you have a moment. They come out of Rev. Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak, which can be a great companion to our listening journey. If you are willing to journey deeper, you can read the book along. It is available on AMAZON but feel free to get it from any other place you prefer to shop and use the book for your personal Lenten journey.


    Our Lenten series also offers a wonderful opportunity to explore spiritual practices in our everyday lives. Many of these practices connect to ancient Christian traditions. We will be using some of these practices on Sundays, during our “appointment with God.”


• The Daily Examen is a practice formed by St. Ignatius Loyola over 400 years ago. This is a personal prayer practice for the end of the day that includes a mindful reflection of the day that has passed, and a looking towards the day ahead.  


• Lectio Divina or “Divine reading” is an ancient way of studying scripture that focuses on listening to the scriptures with the “ear of the heart.” In this practice, you review a passage of scripture multiple times with a different focus each time cto read, reflect, respond, and rest in it.


         A new practice you can take on this week is Praying in Color. This practice has come to be known by some as “doodling prayer.” This is a great practice when your mind is racing or simply lacking focus. Simply take a pen and paper, write a name for God in the center, and add drawings or doodles around it. Then add names, struggles, joys, concerns throughout the page, surrounding and connecting them with doodles as you feel led.


    Finally, this week we are invited to "listen for healing." Parker Palmer in his book Let Your Life Speak writes: “Years ago, someone told me that humility is central to the spiritual life. That made sense to me: I was proud to think of myself as humble! But this person did not tell me that the path to humility, for some of us at least, goes through humiliation, where we are brought low, rendered powerless, stripped of pretenses and defenses, and left feeling fraudulent, empty, and useless -- a humiliation that allows us to regrow our lives from the ground up, from the humus of common ground. The spiritual journey is full of paradoxes. One of them is that the humiliation that brings us down -- down to ground on which it is safe to stand and to fall -- eventually takes us to a firmer and fuller sense of self. When people ask me how it felt to emerge from depression, I can give only one answer: I felt at home in my own skin, and at home on the face of the earth, for the first time.”


     The questions that we can ponder on this week is:


• How can humility be healing?


• Have there been times you have experienced a “bringing low” that has brought you to a fuller sense of self?