Pastor’s Letter for February 2021
On February 17, Ash Wednesday, we turn our collective liturgical attention to the season of Lent. In some ways it feels like we have been living in Lent for a year now, ever since the coming of COVID-19. We’ve given up many habits and behaviors. We’ve taken on new ones. We’ve re-examined many of our assumptions about life. We’ve been awakened to needs for justice, peace, and equality that we managed to overlook in the ”Before-Times.” Has any of all this brought us closer to Christ? Perhaps?
Once again, in the approaching Lenten season, we have a new opportunity for growth in our walk with the Lord. Elsewhere in the newsletter you will find information about how we will re-invent some of our Lenten traditions for this coronavirus time. But for now, let me share a prayer based on Psalm 51:10, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. I invite you to make it your prayer in this season:
Create in me a clean heart, open and receptive, so that I may embrace the many ways you choose to visit my life.
Create in me a clean heart, cleared of the refuse of old battles with others and deadly opposition within myself.
Create in me a clean heart, free from the clutter of distractions, so that I have time to dwell with you in the listening space of solitude and silence.
Create in me a clean heart, cleansed of anxiety and lack of trust, restoring in me an enduring faith in your abiding presence and unconditional love.
Create in me a clean heart, washed with your mercy and strengthened by your love, helping me move beyond whatever keeps me from union with you.
Create a clean hear in me, God. Dust off the unmindful activity that constantly collects there. De-clutter my heart from harsh judgements and negativity. Wash away my resistance to working through difficult relationships. Rinse off my un-loving so the beauty of your love can shine through me. Remove whatever keeps me from following in your compassionate footsteps. Amen.
So may it be for us all in this season. Wishing you every blessing as you begin your Lenten journey.
Yours, in Christ,