Hello my friends,
Today is Ash Wednesday and in the tradition of our church we are invited to reflect on our beginnings and to remember our end. We are creatures that God made from dust. In Genesis God reminds us that “…by the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Before we begin any new period of change and renewal we must let go of the old and let those experiences take their place in our lives. Lent is a time when we gather ourselves, plan for the coming future, and move deeper into the meaning of the Cross and our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. A time when the church takes inspiration from Jesus’s forty-day journey into the desert. Its a seasonal space when we are invited to enter into a more silent and inward time. The winter slowly loosens its grip on us, and we begin to feel the stirring of changes happening.
I always thought it was interesting that as Christians we are invited to move inward at a time when the days are getting longer and warmer and life is just bursting out everywhere. The last thing we may want to do is stay quiet. Let’s face it, these winters have been challenging with all the pandemic cautions and the slow crawl to “normal.” But this is exactly what Lent is for, it is a time and space where we can slowly move into another direction, where we can take stalk of the winter, and look forward to the spring. Its like coming in from the cold and allowing your body to slowly warm up and as it does you relax, our muscles let go. That letting go may not always be peaceful but that is just the nature of who we are as humans and at this time we look to Christ and the journey to the Cross to remind us of that – that God’s grace is boundless.
Lent and Christmas share much in common. In Lent we wait in the same way we wait for the birth of Christ in Advent. In Lent we wait too, knowing the story as it replays in our hearts and churches, what we wait for is not what anyone would think to wait for, but though the ending appears tragic the victory is glorious. This is an example for our lives. Our journey, though hard ends in the conquering of death and stagnation and we are shown a clear promise of change in The Resurrection through Christ Jesus. The days grow longer, the sun is brighter, and we have a moment to relax in God’s abiding embrace.
I wanted to let you know the sanctuary will be open on formally on Wednesdays for private prayer and meditation from 12 – 1 and that the office is now open Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Stop by if you find yourself in the area.
All the best,
Christ the King Lutheran Church