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Words of Inspiration
A message from Rev. Kay
As you stroll through the local stores, you’ll see an abundance of bunnies, baskets, and candy for sale – and that may be the only signs of Easter you will find outside of church. Unlike its Christmas counterpart, Easter is mostly uncommercialized, which is pretty remarkable when you stop to think the day we celebrate the glory of Christ’s resurrection remains virtually untainted by retailers.
However, just because we are not receiving Easter ad upon Easter ad in our newspapers and inboxes does not mean we should classify the holiday as a minor celebration. Easter is perhaps the most crucial holiday on the Christian calendar – even the word “crucial” has its roots in Christianity, stemming from the term for crucify.
At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels attended him. After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the good news!” (Mark 1:12-15).
The season we call Lent, the forty days before Easter, represents the forty days Jesus spent in the desert or wilderness, continually tempted by Satan. When He emerged from the desert, He knew it was time for the prophesy of His death and resurrection to be fulfilled.
As believers, we look to this time of Lent as a way to go into our own desert or wilderness of sorts; we pray, we fast, we reflect, we repent, we focus on God. As we journey through the desert of Lent for the next forty days, remember that deserts have a way of bringing about spiritual clarity. Thankfully we will walk this desert road with Jesus. Let us embrace both the beauty and pain of Lent. Let us ready ourselves for the grief of Christ’s death, and anticipating the joy in the Gospel of His rising again. May this be a season of ashes to alms for all!