Pastor’s Blog March 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Sometime between my writing these words and your reading them, I will have begun to wear
new eyeglasses. Like many people, my eyesight has been weakening with the passing years.
In recent months I have noticed that things are just not quite in focus like they used to be. A
stronger prescription should help bring things back into focus.
Our journey through Lent is a wonderful opportunity for our faith life to be “brought back into
focus.” With the passing of time, the focus of our spiritual lives may experience a weakening.
The disciplines of Lent (self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving
and works of love) can help bring our faith lives into better focus.
There are many “lenses” which can help us with better focus, such as:
   – the wonderful six word Daily Lenten devotions written by Reformation members;
   – the experience of gathering with the family of faith for worship each Sunday,
Wednesday nights in Lent, and especially the Holy Week services on Maundy
Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil;
   – engagement in acts of service and kindness to others near and far.
May this season of Lent be a time for your vision of life in Christ to be re-focused and
renewed.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Wayne Matthias-Long