A few weeks ago we celebrated our covenant service and renewed our covenant promise, offering ourselves wholly to God for the purposes of God's will. By renewing our covenant, each of us made a commitment to accept God's purposes and to daily embrace the call to love and serve God in all our life and work.
Covenant service is followed closely by the Lent period which invites us to look forward to Easter. Lent commences on Ash Wednesday, March 6, this year. The Ash Wednesday gospel reading (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18) highlights prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as some dependable practices of Lent to help us prepare for the Easter season. This gives us the opportunity to examine our own lives ands see whether there is potential for new growth, and to see where, in our lives, new growth can be encouraged and brought to blossom, yes, pruning out 'dead wood' from our old 'religious' habits; but focusing on improving our discipleship and faith - being re-created and renewed for the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom here on earth.
What will be the essence of Lent for you? What will you do to let Jesus Christ make a difference in and through you this Lent?
There are many ways to prepare, through scripture, prayer, reflection, or even fasting. Some take it as a time of questioning, seeking, exploring, or sharing what you know. Lent offers us all a chance to prepare ourselves, to more fully follow Jesus Christ and fully reflect upon what it means to be a disciple of our Saviour. In that preparation and reflection, it is my hope that we can all discover the joy and life that Christ offers.
I pray that we will use the coming 40 days wisely as we journey together.
'' 'You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the Lord ... '' Jeremiah 29:13
Grace and peace,
Revd. Faith Nyota