“Walking in God’s Promises: A Lenten Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit”
The Fifth Week in the Season of Lent

Spirit
Scripture Reflection: Read Psalm 51:1–12

Oftentimes the sins of our past can weigh heavily upon our shoulders. Guilt can sometimes blind us to the grace and forgiveness that only God can bring. The psalmist cries out to God, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquities, and cleanse me from my sin!” for the psalmist knows where true healing comes from. What does it mean to know that baptism is God’s promise to us, to wash our sins away, completely?

Mind

  • Be kind and gentle with yourself. You have been through a lot.
  • Reflect on the source of God’s healing love. Nothing can separate you from God’s forgiving grace.
  • Turn your mind to spring and summer projects. Make plans on paper.
  • A half-smile can improve mood. Check facial expressions. Wink!

Body

  • Circle around the block when you go outside to get your mail; breathe the fresh air.
  • Walk around the house while you’re on the phone. If you’re going to rehash the workday, you might as well be productive about it.
  • Add half the cheese to spaghetti and lasagna. Customize the dish with fresh seasonal vegetables.

Daily Prayer
God, your forgiveness and grace sets us free to live each day in the promise of your love. Set our hearts free from the things that seek to hide your face from us. Amen.

“Walking in God’s Promises: A Lenten Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit”
The Fourth Week in the Season of Lent

Spirit
Scripture Reflection: Read Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22

A thankful heart can sooth the soul. But what happens when life leaves us feeling less than thankful? The psalmist reminds us that God’s steadfast love endures forever, even when life’s storms rage around us. How can a thankful heart bring healing when we need it the most?

Mind

  • Step outside and breathe deeply. What do you notice?
  • Make a list of things that bring you joy. What are the things you are most thankful for?
  • Clean and organize a drawer or closet. Donate gently used items.
  • Spring Ahead! Reset clocks in your home and car.

Body

  • Limit meat portions to three or four ounces – the size of a deck of cards.
  • Steam vegetables rather than frying with butter. Have you tried an air fryer yet?
  • Inventory your freezer. List contents to help with meal prep.
  • Keep a walking journal, note steps and how you feel afterwards.
  • Listen to music or books on tape while walking.

Daily Prayer
God of promises, you have called us to live faithfully, and serve each other in response to your gift of love. Keep us steadfast in your word, and guide us with your wisdom and grace. Amen.

“Walking in God’s Promises: A Lenten Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit”
The Third Week in the Season of Lent

Spirit
Scripture Reflection: Read Psalm 19

God’s commandments, God’s law, are essential to who we are as baptized Children of God. God’s liberating love sets us free from the law, and yet we are reminded that, as God has set us free, we are called to live lives devoted to justice and mercy, in service to God and to one another. What does it mean to know that freedom calls us to a life of service?

Mind

  • Look through the OSL picture directory. Phone a friend.
  • Send a greeting card to an OSL friend.
  • Make a list of things that bring you joy. Focus on these things.
  • Sit in a chair and move arms and legs with gentle stretches.

Body

  • Household chores like doing laundry and cleaning are ways to burn calories.
  • Walking at the mall and window shopping are great exercises indoors, (make sure you wear your mask).
  • Smaller, healthier portions on your plate are a healthy choice.
  • Use a fat-free, light or reduced-fat cheese, sour cream, or salad dressing in place of regular.

Daily Prayer
God of promises, you have called us to live faithfully, and serve each other in response to your gift of love. Keep us steadfast in your word, and guide us with your wisdom and grace. Amen.

“Walking in God’s Promises: A Lenten Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit”
The Second Week in the Season of Lent

Spirit
Scripture Reflection: Read Psalm 22:23–31

God’s promise to Abraham and to his decedents forever is to be their God. This is a psalm of praise to God. What does it mean to know that you are part of God’s promise, and you are part of the family of God?

Mind

  • Visit the OSL Library online or in person.
  • Keep friendships alive with small acts of kindness. Drop off goodies.
  • When helping others, listen for what is stressful. Show kindness.
  • Connect with an OSL friend you have not seen for a while.
  • Reach out and help an older adult with critical life tasks.

Body

  • Use your whole body in a healthy activity like yoga, walking, or swimming.
  • Park in the back row of the parking lot and walk to your destination, if possible.
  • Select soft corn tortillas instead of hard shell tortillas.
  • Replace a can of soda with mineral water.

Daily Prayer
God, we thank you for your promise that we are your people. Teach us to know what this means as we serve you and serve each other, each day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

“Walking in God’s Promises: A Lenten Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit”
The First Week in the Season of Lent

Spirit
Scripture Reflection: Read Psalm 25:1–10

Water has the power to give life and to take it away. God’s promise in baptism is a promise of life that can never be taken away from us, a gift through Christ freely give through the power of God’s grace. Do you have things that remind you of your baptism?

Mind
Visit the OSL Library online or in person for resources on baptism.
Keep friendships alive with small acts of kindness. Drop off goodies.
When helping others, listen for what is stressful. Show kindness.
Connect with an OSL friend you have not seen for a while.
Reach out and help an older adult with critical life tasks.

Body
Use your whole body in a healthy activity like yoga, walking, and swimming.
Park in the back row of the parking lot and walk to your destination, if possible.
Select soft corn tortillas instead of hard shell tortillas.
Replace a can of soda with mineral water.

Daily Prayer
Thank you, God, for the gift of forgiveness and grace given to us through the waters of baptism. May we live in the freedom and power of this gift of life each day. Amen.