All of life is a spiritual journey but Lent, those 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, has a different quality. It reminds us of traveling on a back road instead of the interstate, a narrow, two-lane highway that zags and zigs with breathtaking views, little towns, farms, and huge drop offs that make you pay attention to where you are and where you are going.
We will be traveling with Jesus to Jerusalem this Lent. In Luke 9:51, it says, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” For the next ten chapters, Luke takes us along for the journey where Jesus instructs and confronts, where Jesus shapes the disciple’s faith, where he prepares them for the nightmare (his and theirs) of the crucifixion, where he motivates them for mission and changed their lives. So too can it change ours, if we are ready to go.
So, please join us for worship this Lenten season. We all need that place of rest and restoration. We all need Lent. We all need to remember, to reflect, to repent, and prepare ourselves for the journey of faith. We really like the season of Christmas but oh, how we need the Lenten journey.
Ann Weems wrote a wonderful collection of Lenten poems titled Kneeling in Jerusalem. Here is her call to the journey and the transition of seasons. We hope to see you along the way.
When Lent comes,
you have to put away the tinsel;
you have to take down your Christmas tree,
and stand out in the open … vulnerable.
You either are or you aren't.
You either believe or you don't.
You either will or you won't.
And, O Lord, how we love the stable and the star!
When Lent comes the angels' voices
begin their lamenting,
and we find ourselves in a courtyard
where we must answer
whether we know him or not.
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