As our nation faces another tragedy with the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, we realize that First Church and our community are not immune to the same horror as the families of those deceased children and adults are facing today.
And now we are in the season of Lent and we realize that life is very serious and evil is very real. And it isn’t just out there somewhere else, it’s with us also.
This Lenten season will be a time to evaluate our spiritual strength, the well-being of our soul, and our readiness to be part of the Jesus Mission here and now. We, too, like Jesus during his life on earth, are living in contested territory – some of which may be “out there” but some of which is deeply within. But, God sends messengers to take care of us, too. Maybe it is a sermon. Perhaps the reading of Scripture. A friend who brings a word of encouragement. A sign, a song, a seemingly random word that is used by the Holy Spirit to give us strength, courage, and, in that moment, victory.