Thursday, February, 25, 2021 | 12:21 PM | by June
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19 NRSV)
This month as we continue our Lenten pilgrimage we also find our congrega- tion in the midst of the process of calling a new pastor. You may wonder what the two have in common. They are both opportunities to individually and corporately turn our attention to our faith life walk with Jesus. Rather than viewing Lent as a trudge through self-denial and darkness (a view enter- tained at different times in the church’s history), see it as a time of abundant grace poured out on God’s people. Lent is an opportunity to houseclean, to liberate ourselves of the burdens of sin we have carried, the attitudes and judgments that separate us from God and from one another. This is the same spirit we need as we enter a new phase of congregational life at FLC with the calling of a new pastor. They are both times of new beginnings. The past fades; only the future lies ahead.
Isaiah promised: “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18, 19). In our wilderness the Lord gives water; in the desert he creates rivers, drink for you and me, his chosen people (cf. v. 20). As Isaiah continues: [The Lord says] “I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (v. 25).
This “new thing” is the life abundant and eternal secured for us by the bloody streams that flowed from our Savior Jesus on the cross. The people of God have experienced the grace of new beginnings for centuries. As we move into a new season let us proclaim that “It is all about Jesus and his love for us!”
Prayer: Holy Spirit, come, illumine the dark places in the lives of your people. Make this season a time of true renewal and promise for the us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.