Randy's Reflections
March 1, 2019, 5:57 PM

Pastor Randy's March Reflection


Lent: A Season of Reflection, Renewal, and Transformation

 

 

            Today the sun is shining and the hills are green. The season of rain has been with us for quite a while now, and though I love the green landscapes and watching the waters flowing through the canals, the storms have also caused a bit of havoc. This season is certainly a better one than a season of dryness and drought, but it still presents challenges as we try to negotiate the roads we must travel and the activities we hope to participate in.

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 much-needed rain and holidays that bind families together, as well as a need for boots, raincoats, and sometimes patience.

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 ebbs, even in the face of our lack of commitment or action. Redemption, renewal, and transformation are eternal, unfailing promises.

In order for us to take advantage of this special season, we will Linger through Luke during Lent. I plan for us to take one section at a time, remembering that even though we may already know the story, or the section is not as exciting as we would like, it provides us with a starting point. As we ponder each section, we may: 1) listen, 2) speak with God, and 3) act as his ambassadors to the world. It is our heart that is being transformed, not so much our circumstances. We are influenced by the events around us, but we are not defined by them.

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 through Luke.

Blessings,

Pastor Randy