The season of Lent is upon us. From Ash Wednesday, this year March 1, until Easter Sunday, April 16, we are called to engage in a season of intentional prayer, fasting, devotional daily attention to scripture and generosity toward those in need. These are Spiritual disciplines to help us prepare for the celebration of our Lord Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday and the implications for us as His people. This year we’ll be paying special attention to reconciliation on three levels. First and foremost to God, our loving creator, redeemer and sanctifier, secondly to those we know whether in our family or church, and thirdly to those we don’t know well or who we might consider enemies. We are called by God to be reconciled to him and one another, by the merits of Jesus Christ. Please join in this journey, remembering the Apostle Paul’s words in his second letter to the Church at Corinth 5:18-21
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.