As I write this, I realize that January is nearly over – that’s one-twelfth of the year – already. And we still have so much to do! And so much life to live!
This time of year, mid-winter, often brings times of feeling the l e t – d o w n after the Christmas holidays. Especially after nearly a year of COVID. Sure, we have the Super Bowl to liven things up, but even that will be different. It certainly is not the old normal way of doing things.
And then comes Ash Wednesday, which begins the Lenten season, a time of p r e p a r a tion and r e n e w a l . The season emphasizes following Christ, living a life of prayer, and l e a r n i n g how best to serve God. The season of Lent gives us the opportunity to turn our focus toward God and what God has for us to do.
This year in particular is a year that we really need God to show us the way. We’ve been through a lot – physically, emotionally, economically, politically. We need God to show us how to live beyond the last year’s trials and tribulations. God has stuff for us to do. But many of us don’t consider ourselves worthy of working for God.
I remember the story of Nathanael in the Gospel of John. When Philip found Nathanael hiding under a big old fig tree and told him about being called by Jesus, the man from Nazareth, Nathanael scoffed and did his best to put down Jesus. “Nazareth? You’ve gotta be kidding.” Nathanael didn’t think anyone from another town or region could do anything good. Sounds cynical and bigoted, doesn’t it?
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