Lent is part of a journey which includes and culminates in Easter.
We often think of Lent as a dark moment in the church year – a movement into the centre of our hearts, to examine, simplify, and prepare for Christ’s death. And his is no peaceful death. It is unexpected and brutal and much too soon. How can we ever prepare for such a loss?
Yet instead of turning inward, the texts direct our gaze to God’s signs of covenant and blessing stretching across the sky, echoing through the generations, pouring from the heavens, and calling throughout the nations. Then, when we finally look inward, we find amidst the brokenness God’s law of love written upon our hearts.
We may never be ready for the searing pain of loss, but the scriptures remind us that life prevails. Jesus lives! God’s love endures.
Jesus calls us out to be broken for the world, to love without fear knowing that we will die. But that is not the end; it is the gospel life.
Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit SeasonsFusion Lent - Easter 2018