“Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ…”
III John 5-7a
As much as most of us prefer things to be quick and easy, most of the important things in life are not. They tend to take time and take effort or at least they take reflection. In the Wilderness, 40 Days with Jesus is the theme of Lent at Trinity. It invites us to take a journey, a spiritual journey. We find journeys throughout the Bible, Abraham and Sarah journeying to Canaan; the children of Israel journeying 40 years to reach the Promised Land, the Magi journeying to see the newborn king; the disciples journeyed with their Master, the wandering rabbi Jesus. Paul and the Apostles undertook their missionary journeys.
Those journeys were physical but just as much they were spiritual. Those on them grew, learned, became aware and their lives were transformed. We need this journey of Lent. We each have to make the journey ourselves but we can journey together as a community of faith, as a church. As we seek God, we have to reflect on the truths of our lives. You have to look for God. But you also have to be willing to look at yourself in the mirror. That takes some courage. Who are you? Who do you want to be? More importantly, who does God want you to be? What is God doing in your life? As we seek God, God finds us. Come, I invite you let’s journey together.
Pastor Larry Lenow