During Lent — this year March 6 through April 20 — many Christians seek wholeness, engaging in spiritual practices to deepen their relationship with God.
Some emphasize self-reflection and repentance; others, prayer and fasting; still others, sacrificial giving and acts of love. A faithful few engage in several of these practices daily —a spiritual discipline to mark Jesus Christ's withdrawal into the desert for 40 days and to prepare for his sacrificial death and resurrection.
To signal the start of this holy season, many Christian churches, including Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, make noticeable changes in their worship services. We eliminate the word Alleluia (Hebrew for Praise the Lord!) from the liturgy. Hymns and songs become more somber. Banners and stoles take on a purple hue. Some churches cover the cross with a veil, representing the sin that separates us from God. Everything turns inward until Easter, when the veils are removed, vibrant colors burst forth, and we again sing Alleluias in joyous celebration.
If you have medical coverage through the Board of Pensions, a new Call to Health* challenge, Lenten Discipline, can help you keep up your spiritual practices throughout Lent.
So take this opportunity for spiritual renewal — it’s a chance to draw closer to God and live a life of wholeness.
*Call to Health is available to employees and their spouses with medical coverage through the Board of Pensions; it is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.