Invitation to Lent
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…” (Psalm 51:10-12)
Greetings in Christ,
Every winter is long. Every winter is cold. Mild winter, severe winter… it’s still winter. Rainy winter, snowy winter, icy winter, dark winter, lonely winter; for me… the best part of winter is the promise of spring.
As the days grow longer, the sun shines brighter, the grass turns greener, the birds sing sweeter, and the world around us is awakened with new birth and God’s annual recreation.
If you think I am eager for the changing of the season; you are correct. Yet the greater truth of which I speak is the winter of the soul. While spiritual winters may not always be seasonal, they do exist! We’ve all been there; at one time or another we all have endured the winter storms.
Spiritual winters can be cold and lonely; frightening and trying; often causing us to question our relationship with God and challenge our faithfulness. Sometimes spiritual storms hit us head on. Death falls like an ice storm, causing us to feel isolated, cold and all alone. Sickness rains down and uncertainty floods our hearts. Financial pressures linger like a cold, dark night, consuming our hearts with fear and worry. Sometimes the darkness just lingers; we think it will never end. We may not be able to explain it, all we know is; we miss the warmth of walking in the SON!
For every winter of the soul, we eagerly welcome the season of Lent, the warmth of the SON, and the renewed presence of His light. Lent stands as our open invitation to 40 days of spiritual renewal… an opportunity to intentionally re-immerse ourselves in God and the things of God. Lent invites us to pray along with the Psalmist: “Create in me a clean heart… renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and please… do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…”(Psalm 51:10-12) . Lent invites us to renew our relationship with God, surrender our personal winters, and experience the warmth of divine love.
Join us Wednesday, March 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. as we usher in the season of Lent with a traditional Ash Wednesday service, including the administering of ashes. … for when we give ourselves to God, fully and completely, the promise is sure, a personal spiritual spring is not far away!
Together in His service,