People observe lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – in many ways. The Lenten season begins this year on Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday. We were struck by these suggestions from the Rev. Penny Ford, who is the pastor of a small church in Carrollton, Alabama. She comes up with some great ideas that fit well into busy lives.



10. Try an electronic fast. Give up TV, Facebook, texting, tweeting, e-mail and all things electronic for one day every week.

9. Start a prayer rhythm. Each day of Lent, pray for another person.

8. Go deeper into the Bible. Or explore the great texts of other faith traditions.

7. Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it (maybe even yourself).

6. Give up soft drinks, fast food, tea or coffee. Give the money you save to help people in a different part of the world who are in crisis.

5. Create a daily quiet time. Spend 10 minutes a day in silence and prayer.

4. Cultivate a life of gratitude. Write someone a thank you letter each week and be aware of how many people have helped you along the way.

3. Participate in a Lent Photo-a-Day practice and pray each day with your camera in your hand to better open your eyes to the beauty surrounding you.

2. Volunteer one hour or more each week with a local food bank, shelter, tutoring program, nursing home, prison ministry.

1. Pray for others you see as you walk to and from classes or drive to and from work.


Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.


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