Come Join the Lenten Journey
This year, I have been invited to preach the annual ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. We will join Resurrection Catholic and Trinity Ecumenical Parish in worship at Resurrection Catholic, February 14, 7 PM. I hope you will plan to attend as we begin the season of Lent.
I have been praying about what to say in my sermon. I have been thinking about the season of Lent as a journey. Lent is the 40-day journey leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Luke 9:51, Jesus began his journey to Jerusalem and to the cross. We too are called to journey with Christ as His followers.
For any journey, there are things to take and things to leave behind. This is particularly true if you are flying. You have to think about what you really need to pack and what you need to leave at home. You don’t want to be burdened with too much in your suitcase. It is always a challenge to decide what is really important for the journey. So what about our faith journey, our Lenten journey? Consider what you need to take as a follower of Jesus and what you need to leave behind.
I am praying about what spiritual discipline I need to take with me for my Lenten journey. What I am sensing is that I need to take more time for prayer. When I commit to time with God in prayer, there is always a good result. I need to plan for prayer and then work my plan.
One thing I need to leave behind is too much television. For my Lenten journey, if I take on prayer and let go of too much television, I believe it will make a difference in my faith journey.
How about you? What do you need to take and what do you need to leave behind? Pray about it and then make a plan. Lent can be a wonderful journey that results in a deepening faith and a closer walk with Jesus Christ. Let’s take this journey together. Come join me.