The Lenten season begins on March 6, 2019 with Ash Wednesday and the imposition of ashes. In the Lutheran church the purpose of the imposition of the ashes is to call to mind the curse given to Adam by God after the Fall in Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Change. Lent reminds me of change. Just as the curse given to Adam brought change, sin brings changes to our lives today. Change is a constant theme in our lives. Some changes are good and mark gradual transitions, such as when daytime shifts to twilight or when winter turns to spring. Other changes in our lives happen quickly and can turn our lives upside down; like the sudden death of a family member or the loss of employment.
In the weeks leading up to the crucifixion of Christ, the disciples experienced a number of changes that they had not been expecting. On the mountain top Jesus taught His disciples that He must suffer and die, and that if they wanted to be His disciples, then they too must be willing to take up their cross and follow Him. The disciples did not want to hear this. Peter wanted to argue and our Lord rebuked him strongly.
Change is hard. We long for the expected and familiar, but all too often we find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty and the unknown. We want to control our environment, yet too often we find that we cannot even hope to predict how things will turn out.
I invite you to join us for worship each Sunday and on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. for worship during the Season of Lent. The word Lent comes from the old English word for “spring.” As I once heard it put, Lent is “spring training” for the Christian as we are tutored in repentance, faith, and holy living. Soon our Lenten journey will begin … change is in the air. Let us pick up our cross and follow Jesus.
See You In Church