The Messenger - February 2018 - 1
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Makin Gentle a Bruised World
Exploring the Good News of Lent
By Rev. Andrea Brown
The secular calendar puts an interesting frame around the Lenten
season this year. Lent starts on Valentine's Day, which coincides
with Ash Wednesday. And Easter falls on April Fool's Day.
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Easter has been described as the day that God fooled death, or fooled
the devil, in making a person rise from the dead. Maybe it's also a
day to reflect on our own "holy foolishness." And Ash Wednesday is
a holiday that at its heart (pun intended) is about love. The whole
season should remind us that God came in love, lived in love among
us, and died & rose to reveal the true nature of love.
But understanding what all that means can make our heads spin, and
it is hard to wrap our hearts around things our minds can't process.
So this year, we'll focus on The Big Questions the season raises.
Have you ever wondered:
* Why did Jesus die?
* Did Jesus have to die?
* Does Jesus (or God) save us?
* If so, what do we need to be saved from and how does
* What, if anything, does the cross have to do with it?
* What's the result of salvation?
* What does it look and feel like?
* What's our role in it?
We'll dive headlong into these questions in Lent and hopefully figure
out not only what we don't believe but also become better able to
articulate what we do believe. And this will be a heart, not just a
head, exercise. We'll support our growth during Lent with spiritual
practices we'll be invited to take up in the season.
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