Pondering Lent with Diane

Lent is a season of soul-searching, a time when we seek to open ourselves up before God, to hear his call, a time to recognize and respond to God’s presence in our lives and in our world, a time to place all that we are, all we can be, in God’s hands and to allow his transforming grace to work in us. Lent is a time when we are invited to spend time in special personal housecleaning – worship and prayer, a time to give more of ourselves and share more of the gifts that we have been given.   Lent is also a time that calls us to look back on the impact of baptism on our lives.  Through baptism we have a special relationship with the Creator of the universe.  Baptism makes ups a child of God – adopted, incorporated into God’s family; a member of Christ and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Lent is a time to recall the relationship we have with the Creator, to recall the responsibility and privilege that is ours through baptism, to live into that call to be Christ-followers, to be broken bread and poured out wine for Christ’s purposes in the world. Lent begins in ashes – it journeys through darkness and ends with triumph.  We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our Song!!!

written by Diane Clifford, pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit in Fort Frances, ON