Lent: A Season of Reflection, Renewal, and Transformation
Today, as I sit at my desk, the sun is shining, and the temperatures present a feeling of spring on the horizon. Certainly, every season has its beauty and its challenges. The joy of Spring, with flowers blooming and birds singing, is sometimes accompanied by allergies and more frequent lawn care. Summer, with its warmth and opportunities for outside activities also means we need to think about protecting our skin and seeking the coolness of shade. Fall brings crisp weather and the changing of colors, while it also means we have to pull out our sweaters and curtail some of our outside activities. Winter brings snow and holidays that bind families together, while the temperatures can at times be brutal.
The season of Lent also offers us a great opportunity to reflect on our faith and our Savior. Lent is a time for us to acknowledge our shortcomings and our need for transformation. It is vitally important to admit that we have fallen short of God’s expectations for us, but it is even more important to be reminded that God’s love never fails, even in the face of our lack of commitment or action. Redemption, renewal, and transformation are eternal, unfailing promises. Being committed to putting our faith and trust in God doesn’t make us impervious to the struggles in the world. As we journey together, we are reminded that we are not alone and that we have a community from which we can draw inspiration, support, and hope. I hope that you will take some time during Lent to listen to God’s encouraging words and that you will not only recognize the benefits to your life, but you will also have the opportunity to share those moments of encouragement and transformation with others.
Praying that the love of God will linger in your soul as we linger together following Jesus.