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  • Christians have long used the season of Lent as an opportunity to take additional and intentional time for confession, reflection and spiritually enhancing practices or habits. Each week we are considering a habit, practice or discipline to incorporate into the coming week. (suggestions based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun).

    The practice suggested for this third Sunday of Lent can be identified as “SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP” and is part of the theme of SHARING MY LIFE WITH OTHERS. With this practice we attempt to cultivate spiritual friendships. In doing so we seek to nurture a friendship with someone that is not dependent on shared political views, common interests, ethnicity or a preference for the same hockey team but on something deeper. Practicing the nurture of a spiritual friendship means looking to develop a friendships that encourages and challenges me to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind. It is that friendship grounded in a mutual relationship with God “and a commitment to support, encourage, and pray for one another.” Consider the following: ‘Do I have some one that I consider a spiritual friend? Have I been a spiritual friend in return? Is there someone new I might include as part of my spiritual friendship

    circle? -EGN