Posted by: morgan1965 | March 12, 2011

Pondering the Lenten Journey

The Lenten Season is always a very special and important time in the life of pilgrim disciples. The Lenten Season begins with Ashe Wednesday, and culminates with the extraordinary events of Holy Week, and the drama of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It is a time to ponder the events of one’s life, and consider the awesome possibilities that are grounded in new life in Jesus Christ.

During our recent pilgrimage to Israel in January 2011, we visited the land of Jesus – the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem and Jericho, as well as Jerusalem and some other holy places. I thought about Jesus, his land and his experiences. What was it like then? What would it have been like to meet Jesus in person?

I am still pondering these questions as I journey through the Lenten Season. What is it that Jesus wants from us? I believe that Jesus wants us to be faithful pilgrim disciples. It is a difficult challenge to be a faithful pilgrim disciple, however. The Lenten Journey helps us in our effort to be faithful Christian disciples, because in this season we strive to focus on Jesus and to live “the way, the truth and the life.” Let’s take time out to focus on Jesus.

To focus on Jesus is to focus on God’s love for us. Jesus gives us the mandate to Love God and our neighbors. In this Season of Lent, we are reminded anew that Jesus, out of his abiding love for us, gave his life for us. We, therefore, should not be afraid, because Jesus is with us. Jesus does not abandon us. Jesus never leaves us alone.

I am so grateful that Jesus does not leave us alone. This reality has meant so much to me on my Christian journey. I know that Jesus is with me, because I know that his disciples are my partners on the journey. God is manifested to us in so many ways and through a variety of people. In recent times, I have been deeply supported by “words of encouragement” that have come from partner disciples who are on the journey of Christ like holiness. Praise God.

In this Lenten Season, I pray that you will find refuge and solace in Christ Jesus.

Remember always, we are Easter People!

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