We are now at the mid-point of our Lenten journey. I hope that all of you, in ways appropriate to your needs, have been taking advantage of BMPC’s resources for this special season of the year. My daily routine has included reading the offering for that day in the “Lenten Devotional,” our collection of meditations on Scripture from various members of the congregation. The breadth and depth of these reflections have added a valuable spiritual component to each day.
Lent is a time not only to “come clean” about the parts of us that need examination and cleansing, as Psalm 51 so clearly invites us to do: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me”; it is also a time to open ourselves to the unending love of God which envelops us and lifts us up, no matter our sinfulness or personal shame.
A week from now we will have before us again the beloved passage from the Gospel of John which assures us that in placing Jesus among us in our full humanity, God wishes to save us from all common despair and futility: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
Wherever your journey takes you during these remaining days of the penitential season of Lent, I pray that you travel on with the confidence of God’s love for you, a love that desires above all else to raise each of us up to reflect brightly the image of God implanted within and upon us for all of life’s journey, even into life eternal, now and forever.