Ahh…winter is officially over, at least according to the calendar! But the
birds are singing and celebrating Spring. We’re seeing the sun more and the clouds less. Doesn’t it just make you feel good seeing the sunshine?
We are still in the midst of our Lenten journey to the cross and then to the
resurrection of our Lord and Savior. There is light at the end of this tunnel as well. Lent with its somberness and darkness and yet looking toward the light of the triumph of Christ on the cross and resurrected. He frees us from “sin, death and the power of the devil,” according to Luther.
How has God spoken to you during this time? Have you gotten a new sense of God’s presence in your life? Have you been able to take a little more time for prayer and scripture reading? What difference, if any, has Lent made in your spiritual life? If nothing, there are still a few more weeks to change that situation. We have devotional materials at church that can help you. During Holy Week, we have the moving Maundy Thursday service when wecelebrate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and his washing of his followers’ feet.
On another note, I am challenging each of us this month, to intentionally
share the light of the life of Christ within us with one other person. The tool
we will use for this is a post card that is an invitation to our Easter service on Sunday, April 21 at 9:30. These post cards will be available in the narthex. You need to take just one, but can take more if you wish. Personally, I plan to leave some at the Bemus Point Inn and other places. If each one of us invites only one person, just imagine what the service may look like on Easter Sunday.
Easter is the time we celebrate God bringing Jesus back from the dead. He
was really, truly dead. Jesus was not resuscitated, but literally, brought back
to life. Just as God had worked in Christ’s life, God works in our own lives as well. We too, have areas of death in us that God wants to bring to life. Let us allow the life of God to work in us through Lent’s disciplines of selfexamination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love. Then we can truly be prepared for the great feast of Easter.
In Christ, our life,