Greetings from the Moderator MARCH 2019
In just one week, we will officially enter the season of spring. In preparation for the season, many clean out their closets, declutter their spaces, and provide a deep cleaning to their homes in a way that leaves them looking and smelling brand new.
A week ago, we entered the season of Lent. The spiritual disciplines that are engaged during the sacred season of Lent are tools that are used in the spring cleaning of the soul. As we walk through the closets of our lives throughout this holy season, we may find, hidden from plain view, clutter that hinders us in our relationship with God and with others. Fasting, prayer and reflection may reveal the need, among other things :
To clean out noise and make room for silence;
To clean out anxiety and make room for peace;
To clean out fear and make room for faith;
To clean out discontentment, and make room for gratitude;
Bitterness can be replaced with praise;
Judgement can be replaced with compassion;
Lies can be replaced with truth;
Hatred can be replaced with love; and
Discouragement can be replaced with hope.
Oftentimes, the focus of Lent is on the individual, but there is also a communal aspect to Lent. As we stop in our ways to listen to the Lord together, something powerful can happen. During this holy season, when we intentionally declutter our lives by setting aside time to spend in God’s presence individually and collectively, our hearts are purified, our mission is clarified, and our resolve is strengthened. We are then empowered to be faithful followers who shine brightly in the world as agents of faith, hope, love, and witness to the amazing grace that is given by our God. May it be so.
Rev. Erika Rembert Smith