40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy

By Nadia Bolz-Weber 2-27-2012

  • Day 1: Pray for your enemies
  • Day 2: Walk, carpool, bike or bus it.
  • Day 3: Don’t turn on the car radio
  • Day 4: Give $20 to a non-profit of your choosing
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 5: Take 5 minutes of silence at noon
  • Day 6: Look out the window until you find something of beauty you had not noticed before
  • Day 7: Give 5 items of clothing to Goodwill
  • Day 8: No bitching day
  • Day 9: Do someone else’s chore
  • Day 10: Buy a few $5 fast food gift cards to give to homeless people you encounter
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 11: Call an old friend
  • Day 12: Pray the Paper (pray for people and situations in today’s news)
  • Day 13: Read Psalm 139
  • Day 14: Pay a few sincere compliments
  • Day 15: Bring your own mug
  • Day 16: Educate yourself about human trafficking 
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 17: Forgive someone
  • Day 18: Internet diet
  • Day 19: Change one light in your house to a compact florescent
  • Day 20: Check out morning and evening prayer at The Daily Office.
  • Day 21: Ask for help
  • Day 22: Tell someone what you are grateful for
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor
  • Day 24: Read Psalm 121
  • Day 25: Bake a cake
  • Day 26: No shopping day
  • Day 27: Light a virtual candle 
  • Day 28: Light an actual candle
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 29: Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher
  • Day 30: Invest in canvas shopping bags
  • Day 31: Use Freecycle
  • Day 32: Donate art supplies to your local elementary school
  • Day 33: Read John 8:1-11 
  • Day 34: Worship at a friend’s mosque, synogogue or church and look for the beauty
  • (Sunday)
  • Day 35: Confess a secret
  • Day 36: No sugar day – where else is there sweetness in your life?
  • Day 37: Give $20 to a local non-profit
  • Day 38: Educate yourself about a saint
  • Day 39: Pray for peace
  • Day 40: Pray for your enemies (you probably have new ones by now) then decide which of these exercises you’ll keep for good