As we enter the Lenten Season on March
5 we once
again are reminded of the themes of Lent. The Lenten Season has had a
long and meaningful tradition in the Christian church. It has meant the
six weeks before Good Friday and Easter morning, a time when we are
reminded of the pain and suffering which Jesus went through for us.
But, the main purpose of Lent really has little to do Easter or Holy
Week. Lent is a time of preparation and self-examination. It is to be a
time when we rid ourselves of the earthly relation to our God. The
reason for this all for self-examination is very simple to explain.
Unless we have examined ourselves and presented to God our need for
mercy and forgiveness, there is the possibility we will react as the
disciples did on that fateful night before Jesus’ crucifixion. The
disciples at the time were filled with fear and self-doubt; they feared
for their own lives and had little concern for Jesus or his fate.
We, who would follow Christ, take pride
that we would follow Jesus anywhere, even to death. But, would we?
After all, aren’t our lives here on earth our most valued possession
and would we not claim it above all other concerns? What claim does
Jesus have on us? He has called us to follow Him. Are we prepared to
follow? How far?
What demands are we willing
to meet in
following? These are the types of questions we must ask ourselves
during the Lenten Season. And not just to ask, but with God’s guidance
to seek out the answers and through God’s Holy Spirit and His Church to
begin to live the answers as we follow our Lord - even to the Cross -
just remember what comes after the Cross!!!<
See all of the March Newsletter here
2014 Calendar Highlights
World Day of Prayer
Chocolate Covered Raisins
March 8th & 15th
Growing Friends Parents Night Out
Candy Making Week
Begins March 30th
See the March Calendar here