101 Practical Fasting Ideas for Lent Redux - This enlightening article helps us "assess our current spiritual state" before we choose what to give up for Lent. It shares some powerful, if not painful (appropriate!) introspective opportunities.
Prayer for the Beginning of Lent Jesus, beloved friend, you call us to a season of growth and repentance. You have high hopes for us; may we not disappoint you. May we see your face ahead of us, beaming at the end of our Lenten journey. Give us strength and energy to run toward you during this season. Give us integrity and generosity in each new challenge. We ask this of you who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever...."