From Your Pastor-
In the 14th Century there was an anonymous Christian mystic who wrote what we call The Cloud of Unknowing, a spiritual guide on contemplative prayer in the late Middle Ages. It was he who wrote the following:
Should all the saints and angels of heaven join with all the members of the Church on earth, both religious and lay, at every degree of Christian holiness and pray for my growth in humility, I am certain it would jot profit me as much nor bring me to the perfection of this virtue as quickly as a little self-knowledge. Indeed it is altogether impossible to arrive at perfect humility without it.
“And there, do not shrink from the sweat and toil involved in gaining real self-knowledge, for I am sure that when you have acquired it you will very soon come to experiential knowledge of God’s goodness and love.”
The Season of Lent is upon us. It will begin this coming Wednesday, March 1, and run through April 15, the day before Easter. The early church leaders established this 40-day period specifically so that Christians could prepare themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and for the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. It was a time of great fasting, prayer, worship and service to those in need. It was a time to grow closer to God and closer to neighbors through spiritual disciples and works of mercy.
But, above all, it was a time to learn more about yourself, to go deep within and gain some deep self-knowledge.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent:
- By self-examination and repentance
- By prayer, fasting, and self-denial
- And by reading and meditation on God’s Holy Word.
Your church will be here for you—with our daily devotional guide, celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion each Sunday during Lent, and extra weekly gatherings on Thursday night that will include a simple Lenten meal and study from 6 – 7:30 PM. Through these and other activities we expect to gain self-knowledge and, through it and other disciplines, experience a more beautiful Easter.