Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, April, 2017

posted Apr 3, 2017, 11:12 AM by Lois Kerchner

Our Lenten Priorities

The Season of Lent began for me this year as I entered the church to take the 6:30AM morning shift for the Ash Wednesday Prayer Vigil. I am basically a “morning person,” so it wasn't a sacrifice to arrive at the Church Sanctuary by that hour of the day. I couldn’t imagine a better place to be or a better way to begin the 2017 Lenten journey. As the rays of the morning sun penetrate and illuminate our stained glass windows, their vivid colors became truly spectacular.

It was also a blessing to come back again to join others for the 7PM Service of worship that evening, including the imposition of ashes. It's unclear to me why a larger number fail to share a similar inclination or enthusiasm, but I can attest that there is definitely something inspirational there that I would not want to forego.

It seems society at large pays little if any attention at all to Lent. Even for some in the Church it's a bit of a “hard sell.” Why bother with Lenten disciplines when so many other things clamor for our attention? What does it mean to take Lent seriously anyway? Giving up something is one thing that comes to mind, if just finding time to spend a half hour at the church to pray. But it's obviously more than that.

Does observing Lent amount to anything anyway; why make something of a “major deal” over this? Let's just say that Lent offers us an opportunity to pause and consider the path we've been traveling, to take some time to ponder and recalculate a bit as we consider our walk of faith.

Do you have a GPS in your car or on your phone? If you do, you’ve likely heard the voice tell you that it isRECALCULATING when you’ve made a wrong turn or decided not to travel the way the GPS had determined you should go. That may be a good way for describing what Lent is all about. Lent gives us an opportunity to pause, repent and RECALCULATE as we reconsider our walk with the Lord.

To repent means to stop what we’re doing and turn in a new direction. It means to express sorrow for the way we’ve been headed and ask for assistance to get back on a better track. It means to stop following the ways of the world in order to follow the ways of Jesus the Christ/Messiah, our true and faithful GPS who never takes us down the wrong path.

Lent also provides a time to think soberly about the suffering and rejection that Jesus endured while he lived here among us. He suffered and died so that we might be redeemed—brought back to new life in him. I heard a radio evangelist/preacher say recently that “Jesus didn't die to make bad people good, but to make the dead alive.”

We still have two weeks to go in April as Lent draws to a close with Easter Sunday. Take advantage now to celebrate the joy of new life in Christ.

 

 Pastor George Weaver - Pastor of Maturing Ministries

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