Sandwiched between the Ides of March and St Patrick’s Day, today can be observed as the midpoint of Lent. On a cloudy, cool day maybe we can spend a few moments considering our Lenten progress. How is it with your soul today, and How are the children? Did our Lenten denial (what we gave up) or commitment to a self-improvement process, go the way of our New Years resolution, or have we been disciplined at fulfilling our promises? At this mid- point, are we “half way up the mountain” looking down at the valley of broken dreams and promises or up to new heights, new beginnings, new opportunities.
As we watch the world unfolding before us, we a are struck by the continued and continuing strife, between nations and people, at nearly all levels of society. We are bombarded with shootings and car jackings, rhetoric in person and on social media that degrades and demeans common sensibilities. Some question, where is God? Perhaps the answer is embarrassingly simple. God has been removed, rejected, relegated to unimportant in a world focused on self.
Fewer than fifty percent of Americans now claim a religious (church) affiliation. “Spiritual but not Religious’ became a response for many who have rejected “organized” religion. Who needs God when you’ve got Google? WE DO!
This period of Lent is a time of reclaiming faith, in practice and purpose. In the desert of our lives we long for living water, yet fail to ask for it from the Source. In the busyness of our lives we too often fail to acknowledge the Creator, the source of life itself.
It is my hope and prayer that during Lent, we might rediscover our faith roots, taking intentional time to pray, read God’s word, and listen for his leading. One of the Confirmands asked why Jesus needed disciples. The answer then, as now, is to share and spread the Good News. We are tasked with being God’s ambassadors, his foot soldiers in the battle for the hearts and minds of America, and this hallowed place we call home.
There is an old adage that says “If it is to be, it’s up to me”. Each of us has a part to play in this drama called life. This Lenten season, and each day, may we walk with God, growing in grace, serving in humility, and living in Harmony! Amen
Blessings and Peace and Love,
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