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This week’s passages for the Second Sunday in Lent
February 25, 2018
Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm: Psalm 22:22-30
Epistle: Romans 4:13-25
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
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The Final Days of Jesus with Mike Batley
Tuesdays in March, 8-9:30pm.
Kent Lounge, 506 York Rd., Towson 21204
Day of Solitude
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10am-4pm.
At the home Greg & Kit Elmer & Loch Raven Reservoir
Directed and self-guided meditations, marked trail walks, worship and prayer.
A light breakfast and lunch will be offered by C1 | Let’s Say Grace.
Limited registration in the lobby.
A reflection for Lent
| Lori Song
I sat at the kitchen table, sleepy and slow, waiting for my coffee. I scrolled through my phone looking at the headlines and my heart sank. News of yet another shooting caused my heart to race and break all at the same time. I held my breath as I read about the 17 people who lost their lives and wondered at the brokenness of such an evil act. As someone who works at a school, I found myself playing out the scene in my own head, imagining the chaos, fear, and devastation that another community experienced. My brain fought me with each step, not wanting to envision something so horrific, unable to process why this keeps happening.
And as I read the stories, my eyes stopped on one picture. A woman with her eyes closed, crying, aching, weary. She held a young girl who sobbed in her arms, a face of pain that words cannot express. The woman behind them stood with a look of confusion as if she didn’t know what to do or say. How could she?
As I processed their emotions, my eyes rested on the first woman’s forehead, marked with a cross of ashes. I wondered about her Ash Wednesday morning as she stood at the altar and received the sign of the cross and a blessing. Was she a prayerful woman or was it just a yearly ritual? Had she had an exhausting week leading up to day? Was she hopeful that this Lent she might experience Jesus in a new way? Was she reflective and repentant, recognizing her ache for a savior? Or was she just grateful for a quiet moment and a blessing to start her day?
I imagine she felt many things, but never did she expect or foresee the pain and horror that would come.
Two themes of Ash Wednesday – our sinfulness before God and our human mortality were never more clear than in that image I saw on Wednesday.
Lord, have mercy on us.
I know we are all processing about this horrific event and wondering what actions we can take to stop this senseless evil that continues to plague our country. It is good and necessary for us to do and I pray we would wrestle together as a community.
As I have prayed this week, my heart continues to return to our own time together last week when we received ashes as well.
I have never had the opportunity to give the ashes and I was deeply moved by the experience. I can’t stop thinking about it.
To see each of you approach the altar was a gift. I witnessed faces of peace, of pain, of wonder. Tear-filled eyes and gentle smiles moved me to tears. To touch your faces and hands and be reminded of the beauty of God’s creation was humbling to say the least. Mike Donohue described the experience as sacred and I could not agree more. I believe one reason it was so sacred was because Jesus is in the middle of our brokenness.
Ann Voskamp, in The Broken Way, writes, “What happens if you just let the brokenness keep coming? Surrender. Let the wave of it all break over you and wash you up at the foot of the cross.” She continues, “What if I lived like I believed it: Never be afraid of broken things – because Christ is redeeming everything.”
The often difficult part of Lent is to wrestle with brokenness, especially my own. It can feel scary and overwhelming at times. Often my pride wants me to deny it which which can leave me feeling crippled and alone instead. As Ann Voskamp writes, “Fear of brokenness has kept me from so much living: it has kept me from so much loving.” And yet, “as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. It is in our brokenness that our Healer comes.”
Did you hear that? It is in our brokenness that our Healer comes. Voskamp explains that when Jesus fed the 5000, he took bread, gave thanks, and BROKE it. He broke it. And that is when the miracle happened. It happened in the breaking.
Christ was broken for us so that our brokenness could be redeemed. So that the world’s brokenness could be redeemed. Let’s wrestle with that during this Lenten season. Let’s wrestle and not be afraid. Fight the evil broken with His redeeming broken. Maybe as we allow Jesus to meet us in our own brokenness, we can move towards the world’s broken in new, powerful, loving ways. May we not be afraid of broken things because He is redeeming everything.
John 17:22 “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be ONE as we are ONE.”