It’s Friday and Sunday’s Comin’!
Last night at the Lenten Film series we began the viewing of “The Chosen” — the multi-episode portrayal of the life of Jesus. It was good to see so many at the gathering, and I so appreciate Deb Beckinger’s leadership in bringing this series to us.
The first episode is a little confusing as many different characters and their stories are introduced — Matthew the tax collector, Peter and Andrew, Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus. It’s fascinating the way the creators of the program have woven together their “back stories” and brought their interactions to life. People find themselves in such trouble; greed, violence, power struggles, poor judgement — all roll right over the characters and their lives are a mess. Sound familiar?
This season of Lent finds the world in a mess. It’s not the first time. But it is our job to remember what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “we urge you not to accept the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor. 6:1). To do something in vain is to do it without purpose, without meaning. Make your life count.
It is our job to tell the stories of God’s gracious love. It is our job to hold fast to the hope that endures. It is our job to pray deeply, endure faithfully and know the peace of helping and encouraging each other.
I look forward to worshipping and serving with you in this holy season.