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Pastors Desk: Lent has come

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church

Winter is over! Isn’t that exciting?! And we’ve celebrated the season of Lent.

Traditionally Lent means that we need to change something – usually one or more of our habits. At least for the duration of Lent. Change is the key word here. Change is coming.

God tells us over and again in the Scriptures how change is coming. It’s true. Every time someone accepts the fact that there is only one living God, and that we know God best through Jesus Christ, at least one life changes. And since we are social beings, the people around us get the benefit of being affected by our change.

Change is not always bad. In fact, it happens whether we want it to or not. Sure, we can keep the furniture and furnishings the same way year after year, but as the world changes we are affected by those changes. Everyone is changed in some way. We grow. We adapt to new realities. We live with new understandings. That is good because God did not ever intend the world to be static or to remain as status quo. Change means we are alive.

Jesus has given us some good examples of the ways change can be good. People who follow Jesus look at ways to be the hands and feet of Christ, doing the work of God out of joy and gratefulness that God gave us such a great gift. Following Jesus Christ means changing right along with the new challenges the world is presenting to us.

We are reaching out instead of waiting for someone to reach in.

Isn’t that what being a Christian is all about? While we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, we also get the fantastic opportunity to reach out to other people – just as Jesus did!

That’s what our challenge is. Our world has changed and will continue to change. Our lives are changing and will continue to change. And that is a good thing. That way we do not stagnate. And the word of God stays alive and well!

So how is God’s Spirit speaking to you? What will you do to keep the word of God living? Let us all make the most of this opportunity to serve our God, our nation, our community, our church, and our families.

I know for a fact that God is at work here. And God will continue to do so. Let’s open ourselves to God’s leading, without setting limits on God or ourselves.

Let us faithfully continue to pray: “Dear God, we ask you to break through in our lives and in the life of our church, without limits, to do the great things you have in store for us and for this community! Amen.”

Blessings,

Pastor Bill