Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church
This past year has been one for the record books, for sure. Not only have we been seeing the nation divide over politics, but also over pandemic issues. Both have left us in a world of hurt. Lives have been lost and reputations sullied. Yet this is a month of hope.
I’ve been listening to the Spring peepers and the robins singing their joyful tune. I see the beginnings of new life in the soil, in the trees, and in the weather. I know that another season of nature and of our lives is right in front of us.
We are also celebrating the church season of Lent, typically known as a time of preparation and renewal. It’s no wonder that Lent occurs at this time of year. That’s because we are looking forward to Easter, the mystery that reveals new life to us all. Lent emphasizes following Christ, living a life of prayer, and learning how best to serve God.
What that means is simple. God is calling out to us in creation and in our hearts to listen to the message that Jesus has for us. That message is simple to say, yet hard to implement. It’s the same message that the prophet Micah proclaimed, “to love kindness, to do justice, and to walk humbly with God.” Jesus said it this way, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and might, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.