Lent is a time of reflection… a time to reflect on our spiritual lives and seek authentic transformation and a deeper walk with Christ. This is a time to reflect on how easily we drift thru life busy with our “things”, our mobile devices, entertainment, work, success, wants, needs and so many other of life’s distractions. We often fail to contemplate that which is eternal and life giving…our living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christ came from 40 days of testing and contemplation in the wilderness (Matt.4), he called his disciples and gave us a picture of how his followers should impact the world. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; not does anyone light a lamp and put it under a blanket, but on a lampstand and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:13-16).
As we spend these 40 days of Lent, let’s remember Christ’s supreme gift of his very flesh and blood for us and let’s consider in this time of national crisis how we can, in thanksgiving to him, be the Salt and Light he has called us to be to our neighbors and needy community.
Don Wolf, elder