I did not grow up with a big tradition of observing Lent. I remember being excited for Palm Sunday and Easter but the formal idea of Lent and going without something as a means of focus and worship was not practiced in the Church body I grew up attending. As I have grown in my faith over the years and have learned and adopted new practices of worship, Lent has really come into focus.
This year, probably for the obvious reason of our “social distancing”, all of us are not just volunteering to give some things up during Lent, we are really being forced into doing this. It seems to me it is sort of like the man who prays for patience and then wonders why it takes so long for God to grant that Fruit.
I believe that we will come through this season and God will do great things through the people of DCC. He is doing great things right now. It may not be easy and it may not be as quick as we hope for but we will get through this. I have really enjoyed online Church with my family but I cannot wait to get together as a group, in person again. In general, we tend to never realize what we have until it is gone. I pray that we all use this time of Lent to come out on the other side truly counting our blessings more than ever before.
Jeff White, elder