Through- Lent’s journey

Through/throo/: (preposition) 1. moving in one side and out of the other side; 2. continuing in time toward completion of; 3. so as to inspect all parts of; 4. by means of. 

“Jesus traveled through the cities, teaching, announcing the good news of God’s Kin-dom and healing every disease.” (Matthew 4:23 adapted) We have been through it. We are going through it. We will get through it.

Our Lenten worship theme is Through the Wilderness. Christmas reminds us of the Incarnation: God’s dwelling within the vulnerability of our humanity. Easter declares Christ’s hard-won victory over evil, injustice, and death. Lent tells us how Jesus passed through the wilderness, marketplace Christianity, palm waving crowds, religious hatred, bleak Gethsemane, human betrayal, and systemic injustice. Lent ends at the cross where God’s abiding love meets the worst of our inhumanity. As we pass through these days of systemic sinfulness and pandemic isolation, may Christ’s Lenten journey remind us that God is with us, germinating seeds of new life amid the bitterest of our winters.      

The poet, educator, activist, and NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson reminds us to keep singing as we press forward seeking to build God’s Kin-dom of justice and love.  

God of our weary years. God of our silent tears.

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way

Thou who has by Thy might led us into the light

Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee

Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee

Lift every voice and sing. ‘Til earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on ’til victory is won.

(Lift Every Voice And Sing, February 12, 1900)

Beloved, let us keep moving. We will get through this.

Love, 

Pastor Paul

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