Bible Verse of the Day

Philippians 1:29
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,”

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AYP February 2016

Grace, mercy and peace from Christ our Lord be with you all. Amen.

Snow! That is what I see as I look out my window right now, and a lot of it!

Snow really is kind of amazing isn’t it? It is a lot of different things to different people. To the kid, it is wonderful, and fun, something to be played in. To the commuter, it is something to dread, as it means slippery conditions, delays and accidents. To the home owner it is something to be moved, and means sore backs and arms. To the poet, it is something to muse about. To the meteorologist it is something to study, and report on.

Snow really is kind of amazing. There are billions of billions of individual snowflakes laying around together, and no two are alike… just look at that blanket of snow in your yard, and think about how many individual snowflakes it took to make all that snow so deep. Each one of those flakes a creation of God.

Snow also covers things up, those leaves that you never cleaned out of the flower garden, those bare spots in your lawn, all the yard waste that you never picked up… all miraculously gone… covered by a white blanket that looks so bright and clean. So fresh, new and beautiful. It hides all that we don’t want to see. Until the spring, when the weather warms up, and we are energized by the warmer weather, the melting snow, and the beautiful flowers emerging. At which time we go out and we rake out the flower garden, add seed to the bare spots in the lawn, and pick up all that yard waste that we didn’t take care of earlier.

Well the other thing that I see as I sit in my office is my calendar. And on that is a date that is circled in red. February 10th Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is also a lot of different things to different people as well. To the kid, it is 6 weeks until the Easter Bunny comes, and a basket full of candy. To the non-Christian it really isn’t much at all. To the Christian however, it is a time of reflection, and worship... a time of preparation.

Lent is a time to look at yourself and your actions, and reflect on them. Lent is sort of like spring. When we have the opportunity to see what is under and behind our actions and ourselves. Lent is a time to clean up our souls and help us to become the beautiful individuals that God wants us to be, and knows that we are.

I ask you to join me on February 10th, for Ash Wednesday, and then every Wednesday thereafter until Easter for a meal of soup and bread, and a study and reflection. Since the Nooma Series has been so well received, I have another series called the Basics Series, which we will watch and then discuss. I look forward to sharing with you.


Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 22:13