A Kinder Lent

Lent begins on Wednesday 17 February. We've already given up a lot in this past year, so perhaps this might be the year to take something up instead. There are lots of resources online, including the 40 Day Bible Tour, CAFOD Lent calendar, and Tearfund's Lament through Lent. I will be returning to my usual Lenten practice of #40daysofgratitude, and encouraging the family to join by turning our gratitude into paper chains, and I am also please to introducing our 40 Days of Kindness...



Text on poster reads:


"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12)


Take up kindness this Lent


Here are forty ways you can be kind to yourself, others and the world


(Lent starts on Wednesday 17 February and ends on Saturday 3 April - Sundays don't count but perhaps you can use them as a chance to choose your own act of kindness)


KIND TO YOURSELF

make sure you drink enough water

compliment yourself

count your blessings

eat something you love

turn off all your screens for an hour

dress fancy just for the fun of it

remember you are "fearfully and wonderfully made"

give up something you don't need

do something to make yourself laugh

take a nap

do the thing you've been putting off

make some art

stop and make a cup of tea

breathe deeply


KIND TO OTHERS

call a friend to say hello

leave a gift for a stranger to find

tell someone why you love them

donate to a food bank

write a thank you note

set aside some donations for a charity shop

say sorry for something you've done wrong

make some biscuits for a neighbour

catch up with someone you haven't spoken to in a while

send someone flowers

pray a blessing on someone you disagree with

teach someone something new

do someone a favour


KIND TO THE WORLD

sign a petition to make a change

use less plastic

collect litter around your neighbourhood

appreciate nature

watch the news and commit to pray for a story

learn about another culture

buy fairtrade

turn down your heating and pull on a jumper

have a vegetarian day

share tips on creation care with a friend

turn an empty jar into something new

leave out food for the birds

plant some seeds



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