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March 3, 2014, 3:21 PM

Peparing for Lent



If you were in church yesterday,  you heard me talk about my plans for Lent.  If not, here is basically what I said.  Last week I was reading an article about fasting and of course God in all His wisdom set before me a task. I am certain I would not have come up with this idea on my own.  I have a friend in Virginia who several years ago fasted the entire 40 days of Lent, well 46 including Sundays.  He did well, until it was time to start eating again.  There were several days of discomfort, let’s just say.  But I am not going to that extreme.  I am eating dinner every night.  I am just abstaining from breakfast and lunch each day.  I am planning to spend the time I would be eating with God.  I am planning to take the money I would have spent and giving it to the church for what I hope becomes a food ministry.  I am NOT doing this to lose weight.  I am NOT doing this to bring attention to myself.  I am doing this to bring attention to the many people in our world and especially in our community who are hungry.  I will be hungry.  If we are in a meeting together you may hear my stomach growl. Now imagine those in our community whose stomach growls all the time.  Imagine children who go to bed hungry every night.  Imagine seniors who are going to bed hungry. Whether we want to think about it or not, it is happening. It should not be happening. We should not be letting it happen.

I am also planning to be a little more active during Lent.  I will walk or ride my bike for 30 minutes every day, yes every day.  Another opportunity to spend some much needed time with God.  Because really Lent is an opportunity for us to come back to God, rest at the feet of the Lord, and spend some quality time there.  I’m not asking you to do the same thing I am, although you are welcome to come along for the ride.  But I am asking you to spend more time with God these coming 40 days.  I am asking you to DO SOMETHING during Lent.  Whether it is giving something up or taking something on, just do something!  I am planning to blog about the journey here.  I’m sure it’s going to be interesting to say the least.  I leave for school in Kansas City on Thursday so that will be a test all in itself.  But I know with God’s help and your prayers I will succeed.

Our Lenten Journey begins this Wednesday with a potluck at 6:00 p.m. and Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m.  Come to both or just one and bring a friend.  Each day in Lent, except Sunday I will send out a reflection from Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours that Changed the World.  We will be looking at this book on our Tuesday night Soup and the Word evenings.  I hope you’ll join  us each Tuesday beginning March 11th as we journey to the cross together.

 

I begin a new sermon series this Sunday as we go on a “Journey of Stones.”  More about that later in the week.  I hope to see you this Wednesday.

 

Blessings to all,

 

Pastor Vonda

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