If sin is separation from God, the cure is to get closer to God. Here are some ways to do that.
Next Wednesday, March 6, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. There will be liturgies at noon and 7:00 pm, including the imposition of ashes. The ashes remind us that we are mortal and limited, utterly dependent on God’s grace (which, luckily for us, is inexhaustible). Humility is very counter-cultural (“Everybody deserves a trophy!”), but it is good medicine for our wounded souls.
Lent lasts for 40 days until Easter (actually, Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter, but Sundays are always feasts of the Resurrection and are not counted in Lent). Lent is a period of reflection, self-examination, and preparation for the joyful celebration of God’s saving acts. Some people give up unhealthy things during Lent (smoking, alcohol, sweet desserts). It would be better to give up these things altogether and employ Lent, in taking on something new that brings us closer to God. Read the Bible every day. Attend church regularly. Pray.
During Lent, on the Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday (that is, starting on March 13), St. Barnabas invites you to gather with us for soup suppers. There will be fellowship, a bit of music, and a short study about God. We will gather at 6:30 pm and be done around 8:00. Please join us and take this opportunity to make Lent a way to get closer to God, who loves you dearly.