Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! On this cold, blustery, icy day, let us rejoice that we have warm places to stay, and let us be glad that this icy weather won’t be around for very long. And let us rejoice and be glad that there are men and women who are working hard to clear the roads and keep the power flowing to our homes. Let us hold salt truck drivers, utility workers, law enforcement personnel, and first responders in our prayers for their safety as they work to keep us safe and warm.
It’s almost impossible to think that this is our last email of March! In only two days it will be April, and the last two weeks of Lent will be ahead of us; what are we going to do with these last days of spiritual introspection and preparation? For many of us, we’d like to declare that we’re fully prepared for the events of Holy Week and the glories of Easter; we’ve done all the hard work of setting ourselves right with God, so all we must do now is wait. Wouldn’t that be nice? The truth is that for most of us, there’s still more to be done; maybe the hardest work of Lent is still ahead of us. There’s no doubt that by observing a Holy Lent thus far we’re better prepared for what is to come than we might otherwise be. But in our humanness, we may have avoided some of the big challenges in our faith walks, hoping that what we’ve done in our Lenten journeys will be enough without having to tackle the “big uglies” that lurk in the deepest recesses of our souls. Sadly, it’s the “big uglies” that can keep us from reveling in a rich relationship with the Divine: “uglies” like jealousy, self-centeredness, living with a sense of lack instead of sense of abundance, not fully trusting in God for all things. These last days of Lent present us with an opportunity to deal with the “big uglies,” hopefully once and for all, so that we are truly ready for the new life in Christ that we will celebrate on Easter Sunday.
Pray for Ukraine, pray for Russia, pray for peace. Remember that God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!
With our love in Christ,
Karen and Greg
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.