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Day 35, Lent

William Goettler is an assistant dean at Yale Divinity School.  He wrote an article called, "Lent is Where We Live," that appeared in the Journal For Preachers.  In it, he talks about the ways that Lent invites us to look inward at our own lives and practices of faith, but also how it invites us to look outward and see the suffering of the world and the pain of others.  We believe that the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is not just something that we remember, some part of history.  Instead, we celebrate and look for glimpses of the Holy Spirit still very much at work in our lives and in the world.  During the season of Lent, we may be asked to take on some of the suffering of another, to stand up for those who suffer in the world, and to join with our suffering servant in the work of restoration.  Here is what William Goettler says about why we need to do that:

...Because the faithful souls who gather during the weeks of Lent to worship the God of their lives are not unacquainted with such sadness, such injustice, such very human pain.  Their lives, the lives of every person who makes a way through our church doors and who dares to join with a community of believers in the midst of a worshiping congregation, have been touched by deep and undeniable anguish, often experienced at close range.  And their faith has been challenged, rocked, and disturbed by the deepest anxiety.  They have had times when they've wondered if God has abandoned them, turned away from them in the hardest of life's experiences.  The radical news of hurt in human life is no news at all.  In naming the troubles of this world, we are not introducing church members to such hardship.

Instead, we are bearing witness to God's presence with us, God's attention to our suffering.  We won't too quickly draw our congregations to the end of the story, to Easter morning on the sunlit hillside.  Rather, we might confess with them that Lent is really where we reside for much of our lives.  And if, even here, God is with us, if, even in the moments of our greatest fears and harshest experiences of the sinfulness and brokenness of this world, God is nearby, then perhaps Easter has a chance.  The light will, in its time, overcome the gloom.  The love of God will transform this creation, and God's justice will prevail, overcoming every place of hurt and despair.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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