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Embracing the Journey: Reflections on the First Week of Lent


Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1734)


For many, the initial days of Lent can be a time of adjustment. Perhaps you've set personal goals for reflection, prayer, or acts of service. Maybe you're simply trying to find a rhythm amidst the busyness of everyday life.


Here at Mildmay Mission Hospital's Chaplaincy, we want to assure you that wherever you find yourself on this Lenten path, you are not alone. We are here to walk alongside you, offering support and encouragement throughout your spiritual journey.


Here are some reflections on the first week of Lent:


  • Acknowledging impermanence: Ash Wednesday's ashes serve as a powerful symbol of our impermanence, reminding us of our human limitations and mortality. This awareness can prompt us to cherish the present moment and make the most of the time we have.

  • Setting intentions: The beginning of Lent is often a time for setting personal intentions. Whether it's focusing on prayer, engaging in acts of service, or simply being more mindful, setting these intentions can guide our Lenten journey.

  • Facing challenges: It's natural to encounter challenges along the way. Perhaps you find it difficult to maintain your Lenten commitments, or maybe you're struggling with personal issues. Remember, self-compassion and seeking support are crucial during this time.


As we move forward into the second week of Lent, let us continue to embrace the spirit of this season. Here are some ways the Chaplaincy at Mildmay Mission Hospital can support you:


  • Regular prayer services: We offer opportunities for communal prayer and reflection throughout the week.

  • One-to-one spiritual support: Our chaplains are available to provide confidential spiritual guidance and support.

  • Lenten resources: We provide various resources, including reflection materials and devotional readings, to enrich your Lenten experience.

Remember, Lent is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the challenges and joys that come with it, knowing that you are not alone on this path. The Mildmay Mission Hospital Chaplaincy is here to support you every step of the way.


May this Lenten season be a time of growth, reflection, and spiritual renewal for all.


 
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