Lent is the time for “coming to Jesus,” as they say in the South, which means, as I understand it, being clear and honest about ourselves in relationship to God in Jesus Christ. It is a time for giving up all that we have set between ourselves and God as well as between ourselves and others.
What is between God and yourself? What occupies your mind? Are you worried about your health and this pandemic? Will you have enough money? What will become of the kids and grandkids? Worry and anxiety isolate us and deplete our joy in knowing that God sustains us every day. Worry causes us to forget that even death will not separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Lent calls us to God’s mercy, to renewal, to hope for ourselves and the world.
This message was adapted from “My Lamb For You” by Evon O. Flesberg that appeared in the January/February 2006 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.