The Joy of Lent

If you have a living, dynamic relationship with the Lord Jesus, then Lent is an exciting time. What’s exciting is that it is the yearly invitation to focus on ways in which you can grow closer to Jesus through the practice of intentional, Christian discipline. Now, I am not writing about hair shirts, or flagellii, (whips and scourges), but I am writing about the intentioned practice of prayer, the use of time, and self-control.

The style of life for most of humans demonstrates about as much intentionality as a catfish rising to the dough bait on an August afternoon. We see something we want, and we go for it.

Lent offers a great gift. That gift is to slow down, to be intentional with the time we spend with the Lord Jesus, and to be intentional with the time that we spend with one another.

I have noticed that there tends to be a consistency to how a person treats others, that is reflected in how a person treats and interacts with the Lord Jesus. Learning to spend time with the Lord also teaches us how to spend time with others. Learning to listen to God teaches how to listen to others.

Ironically, if you want to become a better person, one way to do that is to pray more, not less. If you cannot find time for God, it is dubious that you can really find time for another person. The practice of prayer, a practice that seems so unnecessary to some, doesn’t make us only more “otherworldly,” it makes us more fully human.

All this is the invitation of Lent. It is also the gift that Lent gives us. I hope yours is a glorious one. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which is February 14–generally known as Valentine’s Day.

In addition to our regular services, there also is the opportunity for meditation on Sundays around 9 AM in the Chapel, and the Stations of the Cross will be offered on Tuesdays at Noon.

Faithfully,

Fr. Greg+

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About canongreg

I have been Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wellsboro, PA since 1994.
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