Journey to Jerusalem
a Lenten Spiritual & Physical Wellness Journey
This year for Lent, join us in a Journey to Jerusalem: a spiritual and physical wellness journey. Designed to help you focus on both your physical and spiritual health, the daily activities become a time to be with Christ – a time to literally and spiritually walk with him on his final journey.
Embark on this Journey individually or with family or friends.
The Walk: A Physical Wellness Journey
The purpose of this Journey is to literally walk 65 miles in the 40 days from Ash Wednesday (February 14) to Palm Sunday (March 25) – the 65 miles Jesus walked on his final journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem. Each day you’ll walk 1.6 miles (4000 steps) or engage in 20 minutes of aerobic exercise. You may walk on a treadmill, jog a familiar path, mall walk or even swim. Or, if you have limited mobility, 20 minutes of chair exercise equals 1 mile. (Those who attend Messiah’s Faith and Fitness class each Wednesday “walk” 3 miles.) In walking, a rhythm is set allowing the mind to be free and focus.
Need an exercise companion? Join Doris Acton, RN, Faith Community Nurse, Wednesdays, at the Plymouth Creek Center Fieldhouse from 12:30-1:30 pm. Walk together and share your faith journey! She’ll be your walking companion on February 21, March 7, 14 & 21.
Each Tuesday, email Doris Acton, RN the number of miles you walked so that we may share the total with the congregation and celebrate your journey.
The “Walk”: A Spiritual Wellness Journey
Each week, a short meditation will provide reflection to help you focus on your personal spiritual journey with Christ as you share the road with him to Jerusalem. These meditations are available weekly online (see the links below), by contacting Doris Acton, RN or on the wall across from the library at Messiah.
To further your spiritual journey, you are invited to the prayer chapel at Messiah on Tuesday mornings (February 20-March 27) at 7:30-8 am, for meditation and silent centering prayers. This form of Christian meditation helps move the more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Contact Kami Pohl for more information on this weekly meditation.
When we are actively engaged in our health and spirituality, inspiration begins to flow and take shape. When we are feeling our physical and spiritual best, we are better equipped to engage with each other, to listen to the Word and to serve using the talents given to each of us.