Dear Church Family,
As we begin our Lenten journey this year, we are given time to reflect upon our faith. It is a good time to think quietly about the life of Jesus, his birth, his teachings, and his journey to the cross. Sometimes we get so caught up in the present moment or the things that we need to do, that we do not take time to pray and to listen for God’s spirit.
We see signs that our earth is beginning to prepare for the coming of spring. The days are longer, and it is becoming easier to get outside and to be in a natural surrounding.
When we are able to walk gently upon our earth and to see the beauty of each moment which surrounds us, we are able to think deeply about the meaning of the journey of Lent.
I share this Lenten prayer with you.
Loving God as we enter the season of Lent, we are conscious that Jesus set his path steadfast toward Jerusalem, because his focus was strong on how to live his life.
We often consider Lent as a time of restraint, pulling back, but for Jesus it was a time for moving forward with a strong vision. For Jesus it was a time for reaching out.
And so in these 40 days we are reminded that Lent for Jesus and for you is all about love, daring to notice the needs of the people about us, and daring to care for your world. May the Lenten season be for us, too, a reaching out time, more than a cutting back time. May it be a season of love just like it was for Jesus.
David Lander while at Castleton- Grafton Pastoral Charge, Grafton Ontario.
Gathering Lent Easter, 2023
As we are led by the Spirit with Jesus, into the wilderness, may we be led through the desert into the fullness of life.
May we be gifted with the simple blessings of life.
Reverend Kathleen Mowat