Wednesday night about a dozen of us gathered in the sanctuary to observe Ash Wednesday, the official beginning of the Lenten season. We read Scripture, prayed, sat in silence, and sang songs of commitment to Christ.
So, we might well ask: What are we to do for the next fourty days of Lent? What kind of life questions does Lent ask of us? What does it mean to be authentic with God? What does it mean to engage God in a way that is meaningful, not just out of habit or tradition? What gifts does God wish to give us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?
I invite you to reflect on these questions this season of Lent. I will offer some suggestions here on this blog and hope to hear some of your own reflections in the weeks to come.
Prayer: Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son and our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen [Prayers for Springtime, Phyllis Tickle]