by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris
Greetings Easter People!
Actually, I’m ahead of myself. You see, before Easter must come the Crucifixion. Before a resurrection can happen, the death must occur. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the season of preparation as we humbly approach the cross. It is a time of reflection; we must take the inner journey, which is not unlike the wilderness in which Jesus spent 40 days being tempted. In this journey we allow the light of Christ to shine on the places within that we are often too afraid to see. This is a sacred time, and a time I cherish. Why? Because I know that I am not alone as I take that journey, and I am not harshly judged. Christ goes with me and before me, and the love of God is unconditional. That love is healing, and understands how hard it is to be human. We can let the pieces of ourselves that no longer serve us or God die, so that new life can be breathed into us.
Lent is also a time of fasting. Fasting is not just about what we eat or drink; however, it is about clearing the clutter of those things that hold us back in our relationship with God. I invite you to reflect on the following words of Pope Francis about fasting. Is there something here that is nudging you, saying “it’s time to let go”?
This Sunday, I will be preaching and will kick off a new sermon series entitled Anxious for Nothing. As a church we will explore one of these suggestions from Pope Francis, which is to “Fast from worries and have trust in God.” Lent is an individual and communal journey. May you…and may we as a church…make room for more God.