Thoughts On Lent
From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, so we have now embarked on our journey through Lent. Some Christians ignore Lent altogether, but I am finding that Lent is becoming more and more important to me as I age.
Last night as I led an Ash Wednesday service, I heard and said these words, "You are from dust and to dust you shall return," I felt them in my bones. No, not as a dire warning, but rather as an encouragement to take more seriously my legacy in this world. I am not talking about money, but rather, my life. What do I want to do with my life now?
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, MN sends out an ecumenical newsletter - Thin Places - that I always enjoy reading, partly because it actually comes in the mail. Electronic newsletters serve their purpose, but it is nice to have something I can hold in my hand.
Holy One, may we always remember that we travel with you. We thank you for the good guides you have given us. Help us to take to heart the teachings of Jesus and his message that your love is for all. May we remember that all creatures, including humanity, are part of your good creation. May we have the courage to love, even in the face of serious news that seems to tell us that there is little to love. Yet, even in these times, and maybe especially in these times, we are guided to love.
In gratitude we live, pray, and love,
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
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