By Rev. Don Wahlig

March/April 2017                                                                                                                              

                                        

Sundays in Lent:  Signs of the glory to come! 

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” Martin Luther

 

I write this on the first day of Spring, even as snow lies on the ground.  No doubt, by the time you read this we will be enjoying warmer weather and, with it, the promise of new life being realized in the budding of the trees and the blossoming of daffodils, crocuses and tulips.

What an appropriate image for this holy season of Lent as we approach Holy Week and Easter! 

Since the church’s earliest days, Lent has been the time of intense preparation for the Easter baptism of new adherents to the faith.  These catechumens (candidates for baptism) entered their final period of preparation in Lent.  The rest of the faith community joined them on this portion of their journey.  Together, they adopted the spiritual practices of self-examination and acts of penitence.     

As it was for these early Christian catechumens and the congregations which nurtured them, Lent is the time for us to prepare our minds, bodies and souls for the great joy of receiving new life in Christ, made possible by his glorious resurrection.  

While Lent is generally a somber time, even a time of mourning our sins, Sundays are the exception.  The Lord’s Day celebrations in Lent are times of great joy because they are occasions to remember and proclaim the joy of our Lord’s resurrection.

Lenten Sunday worship services are like those signs of new life in the natural world all around us.  Amid the melting snow and grey treess, we catch site of a blossom here and a shoot there.  These remind us of the glorious flowering that will come before we know it.  

In the same way, the joy of our Sunday worship services points to the promise of new life in Christ.  

See you in worship – and be sure to bring your joy!

Don

                                                                                                                                                      

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