Lenten Spiritual Practices

From UM Rethink Church (http://rethinkchurch.org/article/lenten-photo-day-challenge)

by Sophia Agtarap, Minister of online engagement | @sophiakris

Lent, the season of the Christian Year that is typically observed as a time of simple living, prayer and fasting leading up to Easter, begins next week, on Ash Wednesday [February 13, 2013]. Many spend the time in self-examination and reflection as modeled by Jesus in Matthew 4: 1-11 where he prayed and fasted for 40 days before beginning his ministry. What happened during those 40 days of fasting and praying in the wilderness? Our friends at the Upper Room say that maybe Jesus needed some time with God to sort through the major changes happening in his life. Maybe he needed a break from family, friends and his regular routine in order to see God [and himself] more clearly. Maybe he sought more time with God as he searched for direction and answers to the question that we, too have from time to time: “What are you calling me to do, God?”

We, too are invited into this time of introspection.

As we journey through this season of Lent, some will choose to give up something. Some will go about their lives as if it was ordinary time. Some will choose to be more reflective. Whatever your practices this season, will you join this photo-a-day challenge and share with the community how you perceive each word or phrase for the day? No explanation needed, unless you want to. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Tag us on your instagram photos with @rethinkchurch or on twitter [@umrethinkchurch] with #rethinkchurch and #40days. We’d also love for you to share your photos on our Pinterest board!

You don’t have to be a great photographer. This project is hopefully more about the practice of paying attention and being intentional, than it is being the best photographer [though we encourage you to get creative!]. If you don’t have instagram or twitter, we’d still love for you to share your photos. Just share them on your facebook page and tag us, or post them on our facebook wall.

Need a daily reminder? Sign up to receive a text or email here.

Let’s start this 40-day journey together, sharing glimpses of our lives with one another. Let this be an intentional time, even for a few minutes a day, to pause, remember and reflect.

How to connect to this project online?


Twitter [#rethinkchurch #40days]


Instagram [#rethinkchurch #40days]


Sign up for daily text or email reminders for the word phrase of the day [with a verse if you want something to reflect on throughout the day].

Categories: Spirituality


  1. Sarah Hawkins said on February 12, 2013
    Reblogged this on Sacred Comfort and commented: I love this way of being with God during this season of Lent. I may actually take some pictures, too How will you be observing Lent?
  2. Linda said on February 13, 2013
    I'm going to do a Spiritual scrapbook journal during Lent.
    1. Terri said on February 13, 2013
      That's a great idea!

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