Good February All,
One almost must question if it is even winter. After the cold blast at the beginning of January, it now seems like a heatwave. Will we have a longer winter? When will it get cold again? Will we have snow on Easter?
Oh yes! I said Easter, and believe it or not, it is coming, but first, we have to focus on Lent. For the past few years, we have been coming together on Wednesday nights to focus on preparation because that is what Lent is about preparing. We take the time and walk through the wilderness with Jesus.
When I think of the wilderness, I think of peaceful trees. Wind blowing the leaves. Not just that, I think about what we leave behind when we enter the wilderness. So, this Lenten season, what “worldly” thing do you plan on leaving behind? What are you going to do to avoid the worldly distractions?
When Jesus went into the wilderness, it wasn’t just about defeating evil; it was about connecting with God and understanding God’s will. This Lent, I hope the same happens for you. The good news is this: you don’t really need to go physically into the “wilderness” for forty days. But if you want to, go for it! It isn’t that cold!
With that being said, we will begin the Lenten Season on February 14th. We will start with a simple soup and bread supper at 5:15 and move to worship at 6:00. Come for both, come for the meal, or just come to worship. Also, since Ash Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day, bring your sweetheart. We will continue that same schedule ending on March 20th.
As I end, let’s focus this Lenten season on allowing God’s will into our lives. Let’s also focus on how we are growing in our faith. There will be moments when we are challenged but remember to put your faith in Jesus the Christ.
Have a blessed month,
Pastor Greg Leslie