What’s going to make this February better than last year?
In Ash Wednesday and Lent, we are reminded to repent. But repenting for repenting sake is like the little boy who learned to say “sorry” each time he was caught. The ‘sorry’ placated his parents, and he avoided punishment, but it didn’t make him the person his parents could trust.
Last year the pandemic was starting. This year we hope it is on the wane and we can return to normal. However, the normalcy we knew before the pandemic was permeated with complacency and dissatisfaction. Frankly, I am grateful the pandemic has awakened us to realize and value the more important things in life. There is more appreciation for being able to worship together or go to school together. We have come to yearn for a time when we can shake hands and hug whenever we want without concern or attend a ball game or concert. We have come to yearn for a time when we are free to visit grandparents anytime and anywhere.
Then, last year, we had to sift through a multitude of deceptive and incomplete proclamations when we needed clear and truthful answers. We still don’t have clear answers for many things. Trust in the media and political leaders to speak-the-truth-for-the-common-good hit an all-time low. Suddenly, the media has changed its tune. But like a calm between storms, we know it won’t last. Thankfully, Jesus still has timeless truth to guide us through the storms of 2021.
That is why we are walking through the Gospel of Luke with an eye on Judah’s destruction and exile recorded in Jeremiah and Lamentations. In January, we covered the birth and early years of Jesus’ life. In February, we will explore Jesus’ ministry and teachings.
We meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm February 3rd and 10th. Then beginning Wednesday, February 17th we’ll meet at 10:00 am and I’ll cover the main theme at Lenten Worship, Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.
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Please join us – it would be great to see you and hear your insights. If you would like to Zoom, please contact me.
Your pastor, standing on the solid rock of Jesus’ teachings, Dennis.