From the Pastor’s Pen: Lent

          By the time you read this article we should be thoroughly in Lent.

The 40 days of Lent coincide with many events in the bible—for example the 40 days Noah and his family stayed on the ark, the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert toward the promised land, the 40 days the Ninevehites put on sack cloth and ashes to repent of their violent sins against their neighboring nations, and the 40 days Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. You might notice a pattern there—40 days then the safety of dry land, 40 years then arriving at the promised land, 40 days then a withholding of God’s destruction of the city of Nineveh, and 40 days then the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. 40 days of dwelling in mortal dread then salvation by God; 40 days of repentance then the mercy of God.

Likewise, Lent is the season of the church year in which we acknowledge our mortality and our sin, and through those two things recognize our need for Jesus. Jesus, who, at the end of the 40 days of Lent we celebrate as resurrected Lord.

So, in these 40 days we have ahead of us, we impose ashes upon our foreheads on Ash Wednesday, we put away our alleluias until Easter, we take on some personal, or even collective, discipline—for example I’m taking on the discipline of Evangelism of the season of Lent—so I will try to be more aware of ways I can let people know the good news of Jesus in both word and deed; others give up meat, or chocolate, or read more scripture than normal, or extend their personal prayer time.

As I preached on Ash Wednesday “Mortals, Repent, Prepare for Easter.”

 

Peace,

Pastor Chris

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