The Pastor's Peace - March, 2015
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We are now in the season of Lent; you might have noticed the purple banners in the sanctuary. Besides a color change, what does Lent mean for us at Beaver church? Lent, like Advent, is a season in the church calendar that often gets overlooked and ignored. We look forward to Christmas and Easter so much that we forget what comes before. They are like headliners to a rock show you want to go to, and Advent and Lent are those opening bands you have never heard of and are not sure if you want to get there early enough to see. Well, maybe they are not that ignored, but when we hear requests to have Easter music during Lent and Christmas music during Advent, the analogy is not that far off.

Sure, Lent is not some exciting rock and roll show like Easter, with the Resurrection and all, but it is still important and essential to making Easter what it is. Lent represents several things—Jesus’ time in the desert, and a time for us to focus on our relationship with God. We sometimes give things up during Lent, and therefore some think Lent is only a time of sacrifice. The practice of giving up an item, however, is not a punishment, but rather a way for us to remember God in each and every day of Lent. When you don’t have to do anything different in your life because of your faith, then sometimes it is easy to forget that faith. Lent is a time for remembering and reconnecting.

It is important that Jesus’ time in the desert takes place directly after his baptism, right before his ministry begins. This time was when Jesus found himself, his mission, gave up the temptations of the world around him, and found his conviction to fulfill his purpose, despite the costs. Likewise for us this is a time to remember why we have decided to follow Christ, to remember what God means to us, and to renew our sense of purpose in the story of God. This preparation makes the meaning and importance of Easter possible. Any achievement of worth in life, be it personal or professional, does not happen over night. It is accomplished by work, repetition, and remembering your goals.

Any attempt to skip all that usually leads to mediocrity at best, and although sometimes I end up being quite mediocre, I would like to think that’s not my goal, and not my permanent place in life. So look forward to Lent; it is a time set-aside for you to work on you, and it even has a pretty color to go along with it.


Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian