Archive for March, 2014

March 1, 2014

Remember (March)

The Christian season of Lent begins March 5, the time when Christians consider their lives, make amends, and prepare their hearts for Easter and the Easter season. The season dovetails well with our sermon series on Christian Disciplines. It is often the time of the Church calendar when Christians practice spiritual disciplines in an intensified way. Many will fast during this time. Others will simplify their lives. Still others will find regular times of solitude full of meditation and study. Nearly all will infuse the days with prayer. Consider how you can practice Lent in your life this year.

I often talk about how we are a forgetful people. I don’t mean in the way that I might forget where I put my checkbook or forget that I have a stewardship meeting in the morning. Rather I mean that we forget who we are and who God is.

The Bible is a book for the forgetful like us. It tells stories of people who forget and are reminded by God over and over. God rescues the Hebrew people from Egypt, proving that God has a plan for them. Days later, however, they have forgotten and begin worrying that they will not survive the trip to the Promise Land.

The Hebrew people continue to need reminding, and so the Old Testament is full of verses like this one. “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands (Deuteronomy 8:2).” Every year still, the Jewish people have a meal of remembrance called the Passover to remind each other of God’s deliverance so many years ago.

Jesus knows that we are a forgetful people too. As one of his final acts before his sacrifice on the cross, he used the Passover meal as a way to remind his disciples of his sacrifice for years to come. Today we call this meal Communion or The Lord’s Supper. Carved into thousands of communion tables around the world are the words Jesus spoke that very night, “Do this in remembrance of me.” For when we eat this bread and drink this cup we remember the Lord’s death until he comes.

Lent is a season of remembrance, beginning with Ash Wednesday when we remember that we are from the dust and to dust we will return. It then ends with Maundy Thursday (the night of the first Lord’s Supper) and Good Friday. In the middle is a great opportunity to practice some remembering. Take advantage of this time in prayer and fasting, in service and worship, in simplicity and meditation, to remember that you are God’s child, and God loves you so very much.

Pastor Rich