Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lent: Self-help Opportunity or True Sacrifice?

Dearest Water's Edge Worshipers,

Wednesday (February 22) begins our Lenten Journey, 2012 and we have a wonderful "tool" for guidance along this path of penitence and reflection. The Way of the Cross is a daily Lenten devotional book published by FUMCSD, featuring some of our very own Water's Edge members. If you are looking for inspiration or aif more structured path, this devotional book may be your answer.

On Ash Wednesday, we will offer ashes, communion and prayer to mark the beginning of Lent. All are welcome.

In preparing for this Sunday's service, we discussed what it means to "give up" something for Lent. As Rev. Molly explained, Lent is a time to recognize God's role in everything, that human kind is truly not able to exist on bread alone. So, does giving up chocolate really represent sacrifice when -- in the end -- it's actually better for you? What to you would mean true sacrifice and provide the opportunity to be in reflection, remembering God in your words and deeds?

I was thinking that for Lent I would ADD a responsibility (instead of subtracting swearing, chocolate or Diet Coke) such as daily exercise. But even that, really, in the end, seems more of a benefit to me than sacrifice. Perhaps walking while in a constant state of prayer each morning would bring out more of an awareness of God in everything. I'm still working on it.

Meanwhile, we are also looking for those willing to share aloud - during 9:30 service - their personal God-moments or testimonies. When were you radically aware of your dependence on God? Respond here or send me an email at kedwards@fumcsd.org

Have a blessed week and we'll talk Sunday!

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