Pastor's Paragraph for March 10, 2019
MARCH 10, 2019
This past week, we acknowledged the beginning of the Lenten season through our Ash Wednesday service. We may realize that the next 40 days, not counting the seven Sunday’s culminating with Easter Sunday, are recognized by the Church universal as a season to remember the suffering and sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. In light of this recognition, a pastor or congregant may recommend “letting go” or “giving up” something for Lent. We don’t do this as a simple exercise of personal discipline, or because others view it as an exciting communal idea, but rather, for the purpose of enlarging our sensitivities and connectedness to Christ, who gave His life away so that, through faith in Him, we might become the righteousness of God. (II Corinthians 5:20-21). Conversely, people of faith may choose to “take something on” to serve as a reminder of Christ taking our sin upon Himself to provide for our deliverance from sin and death.
Whatever one may choose to do here, if one chooses at all, may our hearts be moved and our minds stirred toward Christ, who willingly bore the weight of our transgressions to provide for our salvation. Honestly, I stand in awe and wonder of the One who gave His life up for us, that we may receive forgiveness and redemption, living life to serve and to honor Him. Sometimes, words written or verbal simply fail me in expressing my gratitude to God. Call me and draw me deeper, Lord Jesus!
Pastor Stephen Gallaher
Associate Teaching Minister