This week I wanted to talk a little bit about one of the three traditional Lenten disciplines -- fasting. For me, fasting felt like a strange spiritual practice for most of my life. I never quite understood how giving up chocolate or drinking was going to help me grow closer to God. It seemed like a feat of self-control, or just something to brag about to other people.

But recently, I read a chapter from Marjorie Thompson’s book “Soul Feast” about fasting that changed my perspective, and a couple weeks ago I recorded a video in which I talked about how fasting could be a more meaningful spiritual practice.

What if fasting isn’t just about looking pious or exhibiting self-control? Would you be more willing to try fasting if it could help you grow in your awareness of the abundant joys in your life? Would you try it if it meant that you could act in solidarity with the oppressed and have an opportunity to invite others to work for justice? How about if fasting could make more space in your life for something that you desperately long for? Would you try it then?

Have a listen to a few thoughts about how fasting might be meaningful to you. And, during this Lenten season, I also invite you to give it a try - if only for a day or a week. May God bless you through this practice!

In Christ, 

Pastor Emily

Musings from Vicar Leif:

I was playing Dungeons and Dragons with my siblings earlier this week and, as you might expect from a fantasy game, some truly outlandish and hilarious events happened. They are the kind of silly things that will now be cemented as funny stories and happy memories. 

Even as we are faced with impending midterms and the ever-present gloom of pandemic, I do hope that you are able to find silly situations and memorable moments with the people you care about. They can be short and simple, but I find that these cherished moments with those we care about are sustaining and life-giving, and reflect the love of God to one another.

Leif Kratzke Nelson serves as intern pastor at
Luther Memorial and Lutheran Campus Ministry.
LCM Spring Retreat:
Walking the Wilderness

March 26 & 27, 2021

Join Lutheran Campus Ministry students from across the midwest at this hybrid virtual / local spring retreat! Cole Arthur Riley, a campus minister at Cornell University will keynote this retreat and lead small groups online on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm. On Saturday, join us for several other online and in-person, outdoor activities in Madison including in-person time together in the wilderness (or close as you can get to it in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve). 

A detailed schedule of activities will be available by March 12, when we have a better idea of what to expect in terms of weather. 

Register now!
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