What a phrase: “The invitation to the observance of a holy Lent.” Sometimes that phrase seems odd but when we remember that something that is holy is something that is set aside for God. As we gathered for worship, both at St. John’s and at Lake Prince Woods retirement center, we were asked to pause and reflect on where God is calling us to a deeper relationship through prayer, study, and self-examination. We heard reminders in our readings that God does not “bear a grudge” but forgives and desires to be reconciled with creation. We may ask when the right time is, and Paul reminds us “now is the appropriate time.” We are a new creation in Christ and our responsibility, especially in Lent, is to find ways to make that relationship more engaging.

Blessings to you on your Lenten journey. I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

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