The RevGals Friday Five is, not surprisingly, focused on Lent:
1.) Are you giving up, or taking on? Some combination thereof?
I’m taking on . . . accompanying a college student through an eight-week version of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and trying to do the daily prayer and reflection alongside her. I also pulled out my journal from my own year-long experience of the Spiritual Exercises in 2005-06, because I wanted to see what I had to say then. I am somewhat surprised, although it all rings true.
2.) Fasting? What does that look like for you?
Fasting has never been a meaningful practice for me. I suppose the whys and wherefores of that might be worth considering.
3.) In what way is study helpful to you this season? Are you reading, studying, journaling…?
Since I find myself without a call, I have plenty of time for reading. This week, I am finishing up Frederick Buechner’s Telling Secrets and David Lose’s Preaching at the Crossroads, and skimming Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
4.) Purple. Do you find that your wardrobe is drawn to participate in the season?
Nope. Now that I think of it, there is very littler purple in my wardrobe, although I have some great purple earrings. And, as I look down, I see that I am wearing a fuzzy purple sweater, because I am staying inside today and it happened to be lying on a chair instead of in the laundry. Maybe it’s an unconscious thing.
5.) How are you finding ways to take “time apart” in order to avoid getting worn thin?
I don’t have to worry much about wearing thin these days. A year ago, I was brand new to my congregation, looking at an extra service and sermon every week, and in the process of getting really, really sick, which I ignored and thereby prolonged. Today, I am declaring a snow day and working (or not) at whatever pace I choose on whatever projects appeal to me.