A Word from Pastor Randy
February 18th, 2021
Last night Pastor Eric led us in an Ash Wednesday Service of Worship. For those of you who had one of the Lenten Kits, you had some ashes to use. While worshiping by Zoom is not the same as being together in person for worship, and although we were separated from each other by distance, together we remembered that we are dust and that to dust we shall return. We heard the words of the Psalmist calling us to repentance, music which helped us reflect on the night and the ashes, and we were challenged to prepare for the Easter season during Lent though self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by meditating on God’s word.
Many people make a point of giving up something they like as a part of their Lenten Journey. This act helps us remember what is really important in life and calls to mind God’s extraordinary love for us and Jesus’ giving up of his life on the cross. Another way to make this Lenten walk meaningful is to find ways intentionally to engage in works of love. Instead of, or in addition to, giving something up, this approach seeks to give something to someone else. That “giving to” is a reminder of what God has given us through the cross and resurrection—life itself. Works of love don’t have to be earth shattering, but they can be life-giving. They don’t have to be especially difficult, or even something out of the ordinary, but they can make a big difference. Works of love might include things like writing notes to those who are especially lonely during this pandemic season, being sure to wear good fitting double masks whenever you leave your house, spending some quality time each week with your spouse or your children, and making an extra donation to a food bank or a provider of services for unhoused people.
I hope you will make a plan for how to make your walk through this Lent meaningful, perhaps both by “giving up” and by “giving to”. If you do, I strongly suspect your Easter will be a time of joy and you are likely to find the roots of your faith growing deeper and stronger.