Do Nothing For Lent

“We cannot attain the presence of God

because we’re already totally in the presence of God.

What’s absent is awareness.” —  Richard Rohr.

It was a simple question, “What are you going to do for Lent?”

“Nothing,” I replied. “I’m going to do ‘nothing’ for the entire 40 days.”

Seriously?” I sensed the shock in their voice. “But YOU have to do something!”

“Nope. I’m going to do nothing and be fine without the fanfare of giving up something to prove my devotion to bystanders,” I said. “I’m going to do ‘nothing’ in order to experience God.”

‘Nothing’ is the beginning of everything with God.  Jesus enters the wilderness not to do something more, but something less.

Gone are the distractions pulling our minds in three directions. Gone are the decisions about supper, car pooling, and grocery shopping. Gone are the shields that stand between us and God.  Doing ‘nothing’ turns our backs on busyness andexcuses, and returns our hearts and minds to God’s presence.

So, this is the guide for doing nothing during Lent: (Caregivers–take turns watching the wee ones so everyone gets a chance to do nothing.) 


  1. Pick a time do nothing time. Spend 20-30 minutes doing nothing every day.


  1. No cell phone. No television. No music. No noise.


  1. Sit in a quiet space. Read Matthew 22: 36-40 (Greatest Commandment).


  1. Breathe in and Breathe out. Listen to God’s voice.


  1. Find God in the absence of busyness.


Lent is preparation for Christ’s presence among us. Doing ‘nothing’ is the only way to get us there.


May you find a deeper relationship with Christ this Lent by doing nothing instead of something.


Pastor Terri