As we begin our annual journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the Holy Bible. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please submit your personal meditation by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey, day by day, to its glorious culmination on Easter Sunday.
Scripture Reading: John 1:1-9
Lent is a special season, both in its significance and in its quietude. It is a time when all of nature prepares, anxious to be awoken from the sleep of winter and to burst forth in new life. As spoken in the Gospel of John, it is a time to anticipate creation, light and life.
The quiet days of Lent offer Christians an unparalleled opportunity for thought, meditation, introspection and prayer. It is a time to look deep within ourselves and prepare our spirits to awake to full bloom. It is a time to think, to ponder and to contemplate.
During Lent, we can ask ourselves some difficult questions: What am I doing that is right? What is there about me that I need to work on? What changes should I try to make in my relationship to God? What changes should I work on in my relationships with other people?
We need not make the proverbial laundry lists, listing things like losing a few pounds, getting up a little earlier, or giving a few more dollars to charity. While these are all valid points, they miss the mark. What we seek are answers that draw us closer to all of God, nature and eternity. We seek to have the fresh sap of life flowing in our veins, the clear stream of knowledge filling out minds, and the bright rays of wisdom showing us the way.
As we think, question, reflect and meditate, let us consider our ultimate Lenten goal: To awake again to new life, along with our Lord and Savior on Easter morning. May we be ready to burst forth, to bloom and flourish, with all that is good, merciful, humble and kind.
Community Church of the Midlands
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