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.
Had an interesting thought on this today to share from a sermon: “Let God get to know you”. Sally tells me your winter leaves a bit to be desired! We may set a record for cold in March. Almost over, we all hope! Bob
Dear Bob, I am remiss in checking in with the comments section of the web site. Winter was nothing compared to Wisconsin, but we had to sell our Subaru for a Toyota mini van with ramp. Pretty much useless in the snow, it sat in the driveway until sufficient melting. Then it wouldn’t start, but we discovered it was time for a battery anyway. Nothing like the weather you experience. Blessings, you are in our prayers and I think of you and your Mom often – Fr. Harley+