Pastor’s Word, February 2016

Picture1The Work of Lent

Hurray for signs of spring! At least in this part of Cascadia District, the rain seems gentler and the sunbreaks longer. Though it’s truly mud season in the yard, it’s lovely to see the color rising in the maple branches and bulb tips poking through. Much easier to imagine a picnic on the deck than it was a month ago. Oh! And the joy of driving home in the dusk rather than the dark. It’s spring. It’s Lent.

Of course, that watery sunshine is also spotlighting the pruning that needs to be completed, and the weeds that seem to love winter weather. That’s spring, too, and Lent. In this season of the garden, and of church, there’s much to celebrate and good work to be done. This rhythm of life has been marked by the church for centuries as Lent is the oldest liturgical season, second only to the festival of Easter. It’s a time of introspection, and preparation, and planting anew in our spiritual gardens.

This Lent, I invite you to keep the traditional practices of fasting, giving, and praying in your church and in your home. In fasting, prune away all that saps the energy from your life, and distorts its lovely shape. Examine attitudes, habits, and relationships for ways to encourage health and vitality. In giving, plant generously in barren plots and encourage new shoots as you support people, ministry, and projects with your time and money. With prayer, nourish the spirit’s soil and encourage deep roots in your life with God. Pray for what God might want to have sprout up in you and for you this season.

I can’t wait to see what blooms!

Peg Lofsvold, Cascadia District Supervisor

(originally written for The Cascadia Connection)



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