Letter from Pastor Dave Bateman
Harmony Note Feb 17, 2021
Greetings on this Ash Wednesday! The weather has moderated slightly and we were able to gather for services tonight albeit still under pandemic rules. We are reminded of the frailty of our own existence and the certainty of becoming Beloved dust. Lent is time of letting go, of releasing our hold on the baggage of life, the stuff that we think we need, but need to let go. Our reliance on things and props that make us feel good or feed our egos could be trimmed. Maybe our insecurities that chip away at our self- worth could be sacrificed on the altar of renovation and renewal. Our reliance on self- gratification and instant gratification might be candidates for elimination.
In this season of self- appraisal and introspection, perhaps a serious appraisal of our attitudes and priorities would be appropriate. As Jesus went into the wilderness to claim and proclaim his priorities and purpose, so each of us may face our own wilderness experience. Maybe it’s an extension of the uncertainties of this past year and the pandemic priorities that were thrust upon us. Maybe it’s the uncertainty of the days ahead, perhaps health or family or finances, all are concerns to be reckoned with in the days ahead.
Just as Jesus was tempted by the evil one, so we each face our own tempters in whatever disguise they may come. These are the times that test our mettle and our faith. It is also a time to engage our faith community, recognizing that together we are stronger as we face the uncertainties that lie ahead. It’s a time for prayer and refreshing deep breaths, time for taking in and recognizing the wonders of God’s Creation even in the midst of weather challenges.
In this 40 days of Lenten challenge and experience, may we pause from our busyness, or lack of, to remember our Creator and all the blessings we too often take for granted. Let us wander into our own wilderness to be tried and tested, to be challenged and rewarded, to face our demons and overcome our obstacles finding faith that overcomes fears and joy that laughs at despair.
May we grow in faith and wisdom, learning, living and loving, seeking the wisdom of the ages and engaging the spirit of wonder that takes our breath away. May these devotions bring healing and wholeness, perhaps refuge in the wilderness of our lives. Thanks to Pastor Charlene for sharing her labor of love with us.
Blessings and Peace and Love,
No Service due to weather.
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