March 19th-20th: Celebrate & Afraid

“There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure”

These lyrics are from Come As You Are by David Crowder. I heard this song at one of my internship placement sites on Sunday. I walked into church this morning and it felt like home, like I had just found my people. I celebrate churches where they live out inclusivity with everything they do. I celebrate pastors who write their pronouns on their name tag. I celebrate churches who take on renaming themselves and will launch on Easter.

Yet, Lent is also a time of being afraid. The 40 days represent when Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit and fasted and prayed. Jesus was tempted by the evil but after the 40 days he was ready to start his ministry.

Lent is a time of contemplation and thinking about who we are as Christians. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new Christians for Baptism. I think of Lent now as a time to examine our Baptismal vows and reflect on how we have failed to “accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves”. Like the individuals preparing to get baptized in the early church we need to look at these same vows and see what we need to do to live out these vows.

We enter Lent with a period of darkness, and a visual reminder that we are dust and to dust we shall return. But, that is not the final story. Micah 6:8 reminds to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. How will you seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?


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