11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
“The dumbest purchase I made this year- a 2020 Planner.” – Facebook Post
If you could go back three months, and tell yourself anything, what would it be? Would it involve the purchase of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, the investing in a program called “Zoom”?
What would you like to hear from yourself, the one that would come from three months in the future?
It is fitting that this whole thing hit over Lent and Easter. Lent is a time of giving things up. Who knew you would have to give so much up? Or as I read from a colleague, “This is the Lentiest Lent I have ever Lented.”
Yet the reason you give things up for Lent is to get you to focus on what is important, to clear space, to clarify. How did this experience help you identify important things to do and be?
Now Easter is the celebration of the gift of new life. We aren’t there yet, but for any parents out there, and especially the moms, new life didn’t just occur. There is something called “labor” that is required.
What is this experience calling us to focus on? What do we need to give up? What needs to die?
And- what are we looking forward to in hope? If it is a return the way things were you might want to spend some more time in reflection.
Let’s face it- the way things were contributed to the amount of difficulty we have to work through right now.
What is the new life that is coming?
Lent is a time of preparation for baptism.
Easter is a time to live in that new life given to us by our resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Then Pentecost comes with the Holy Spirit and the call to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
So, dear brothers and sisters, what will new life look like?
What will the future bring?
It brings a new day. It brings hope. It brings new life.
Peace and blessings as we follow our Lord and Savior into the future.
Remember that God loves you, and so do I!