Dear NWPC Family,
With the coming of the month of March this year, we are pushed right into the Season of Lent. Lent is observed the 40 days prior to Easter, not counting Sundays. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, and the day before Ash Wednesday is called…. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday and the days that preceded it were set aside to clear out all the rich, fatty foods in the house so that everyone could get ready for periods of fasting. These 40 days of Lent were to be a daily reminder of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.
You may want to choose to observe Lent in various ways. Some will decide to give up something while others will want to adopt a new spiritual practice. If you don’t already, you could try daily during Lent to have morning prayer, or to give of yourself by doing one intentional act of kindness every day, or to set aside a time to be still, or to change your eating habits in some way, or to focus on earth care, or something else altogether. Recently, when I wanted to intentionally incorporate daily gratitude into my life, I set a reminder on my phone to ping at the same time each day to make me stop and be mindful of all God’s goodness in my life.
In worship during this Lenten Season, we will focus on Generosity. God’s amazing generosity to us as well as our generosity to others. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (II Cor. 9:7) Some scholars have even translated “cheerful” with the sense of “hilarious.” Someone who gives with such hilarious joy, overflowing with gratitude and love for God.
This Lent, I want to explore clearing out any clutter in my heart or in my possessions or in anything else that holds me back from being a hilariously joyful giver so that I can fully celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness. Please join me!
May God bless you all,