We are at the beginning of the Lent season. This past Sunday was the 1st Sunday in Lent. Lent reminds us, in fact, imposes upon us, the unpleasant fact that we expend a great deal of time, money, and effort doing anything to avoid the reality that we are dust. We have fallen and we can’t get up! We cannot lift ourselves up by the bootstraps or by any means. We simply cannot save ourselves. The classic line from Amazing Grace says that we were once lost but now are found. That’s a great definition, by the way, of what it means to be a Christian…a Christian is someone who has been found!
And so we come to church. Here we not only impose ashes; we impose a great truth. Even in dust, in the ashes that we are, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. Christ comes and shares our humanity, including our human pain and our human death. He stands with us, knee deep in our mortality, dust to dust, that he might save us and bring us close to God.
I said in my sermon on Sunday that we ought to love DAPC for the way our church loves us enough to tell the truth about ourselves and the truth about God. Is there anything more freeing than to have someone know us through and through, warts and all, and still loves us completely? I expect you know all this already. After all, what a gift DAPC has been, is now, and will always be. What a blessing to be part of this faith community. On Sunday we each were given a church-made Valentine card. What more needs to be said about the love within this church?
Please keep near your heart the prayer list the Deacon’s create each week. When we pray for someone, we soon feel a certain responsibility to that person. We never stand so straight then when we kneel in prayer. Let us know when you have a prayer request.
In Christ’s love, Pastor Gary