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More Than Halfway Through Lent

“[Jesus said], ‘When I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’”

(John 12:32, NRSVue)

 




We’re halfway through the Lenten season, so it’s a good time to reflect on our spiritual journey thus far. As you know, Lent is an observance during which we examine our relationship with God and prepare for the celebration of Easter. Lent calls us to explore our faith, seeking renewal, repentance, and transformation. This year, we have sought to grow through contemplative prayer, which invites us to quiet our minds and open our hearts to God’s abiding presence.

 

Contemplative prayer, at least for me, has been a path toward a deeper connection with God. Meditative practices and focusing on God’s presence in prayer make me more aware of God as a constant companion. Hopefully, if you have joined me in this Lenten practice, you have learned to still your restless thoughts and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment, attuning your heart to listen for God’s still, small voice.

 

John 12:20-33, our Gospel lesson for this Sunday, speaks of Jesus foretelling his impending death, comparing it to a seed that must fall to the ground and die to bear much fruit. It’s a reminder of the sacrificial love that lies at the heart of our faith – a love that calls us to surrender our desires and ambitions to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

 

As we continue our Lenten journey, may Jesus’ example of embracing the cross out of love for us inspire us. May we emerge from this season of reflection transformed, ready to bear the fruits of God’s love in the world.

 

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us in worship this week.

 

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