March 2019 Musings: Lent

Lent is one of my favorite times of year. Lent begins in winter and ends in spring. I like winter but by the end of February or the middle of March I am ready for the change of seasons. I know that the change will occur. I have faith that spring will come, snow and ice will no longer be a travel concern, and the weather will be pleasant. If winter were endless, if I did not have a warm place to live, if I did not have the proper clothing to wear, winter might not be so enjoyable. I know that whatever happens spring is on the way and warm weather is guaranteed. I know that it will be cold, really, really cold, but I also know that it will be warm and that I will be able to enjoy God’s earth in springtime. It is no coincidence that Easter occurs in the spring of the year.

God sent Christ, born of a woman, to show us God’s Love and how to live in God’s Kingdom. Christ died knowing that he would be spending eternity with his heavenly father. Jesus Christ knew that his death would be painful but that the reward for his suffering would be endless. He knew that he had to die for the salvation of the world. Jesus knew the work that he had to do and he knew the reward that the world would receive from that work. He knew the potential of his suffering.

I consider Lent to be a time to refocus my energies toward Christian discipleship. I am inviting you to join me on this Lenten discipleship journey. Lent will start on Ash Wednesday March 6 with “drive-up ashes” 7-9am and an Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 pm. On Fridays at 9:00 AM all are invited to attend a Bible study at the church. We will also have service on Good Friday. I am excited and I hope you will be too.

Keep praying and keep in touch.

Grace, Peace, and Joy

Pastor Mark