"Ponderings from the Pastor"
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!! Hopefully the worst of Winter is behind us, and as we move into February we can begin to warm up and get ready to see Spring in the not too distant future. Just as February is a month of transitioning weather, so too it is a month of changing seasons in the life of the Church as well. In February we transition from Epiphany into the somber season of Lent, a time of reflection and confession. For many Christians, the season of Lent is a reminder of Jesus’ last earthly days of ministry which led up to his final journey to Jerusalem where he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, taken prisoner by the Roman authorities, and eventually put to death. Here at SMBC we observe this time beginning with our Ash Wednesday evening Service on Feb. 14th at 6:30 p.m., and I want to encourage you to be a part of this important night of remembrance.
Of course, February is also “the month of Love.” One of the most often used words in the Bible is the word “love”. Depending on the translation, it appears over 500 times, with the majority number of appearances coming in the New Testament, most frequently in Jesus’ messages to His disciples and the people He encountered in His three years of ministry. Of course, in today’s culture the word “love” is often mis-used as much as it is used. We “love” everything from our family to chocolate ice cream! We “love” our spouses, and we “love” our newest tech gadget! Sometimes it’s hard to understand why there is so much evil and hatred in the world when we humans seem to “love” just about everything. Maybe this dilution of the word “love” is as much to blame for the decay in human inter-relations as anything else!
Perhaps it’s time for those of us who call ourselves Christians to remind the rest of the world that love is not a human creation, but it is a GIFT that God gives to us. Maybe instead of showering one another with valentines this year, we should all open God’s Word and see how many love notes from God we can find, and then share THOSE with the people who matter most to us.
It's worth pondering,