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 Pastor's Corner



From the Pastor

Dear Friends in the Faith,

Lent is a season of grieving. Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount and his Sermon on the Plain:

                 “Blessed are you who mourn.“

There are different ways to grieve. Some people, in dealing with the loss of a loved one, find meaning in their season of grief. Perhaps it is found in something they do or through someone with whom they connect.  

Elaine Pagel’s book, in coming to terms with the death of her son and husband, maintained that she didn’t find meaning in those deaths, but she did create meaning (Why Religion?).

The New Testament writers have given us meaning in the death of Christ. During Lent, we will be exploring the various reasons why we have a Savior who was taken from us with a “necessary” death. In exploring his gift of life, Jesus draws us toward silence and prayer; for the best response to grief is to simply BE with the grieving.

Yet, we also use death to create meaning. How much creativity can be shown in the gift of life in the Son of God!

So we invite you to enter the season of Lent as you would wish to enter into a time of care for the death of any precious loved one.

Consider being blessed by God in mourning. There is not one way to practice Lent. We are sad that Jesus had to experience the worst that humanity had to offer. So during this season, be blessed by:

  • Regularly lighting a candle and sitting in its peace (Jesus is the light of the world).
  • Going someplace that Jesus would love (e.g. Jesus loved going on top of a hill/mountain).
  • Remembering him with a Breath Prayer with every breaking of bread and sharing juice or wine.
  • Doing something to honor him (Jesus was constantly drained by going out to heal others).
  • Fasting part of the day, or with a special food sacrifice, remembering the hardship Christ endured.

Death is not our enemy. It is the conclusion of this life that we all have in common. Death is an invitation to find or create meaning with each other, because we all share sadness in the cost of grace.

                              Yours in Christ,

                                      Tempe’