I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Last Wednesday we began Lent by having ashes placed upon our foreheads and being reminded of who we are. We are dust, and to dust we will return. We are merely mortal, and because of that, we are in need of something greater, something larger than the lot of us. We are in need of God. This is the purpose of Ash Wednesday. It is one of the more poignant services of the entire year.
Then on Sunday, our youth led us in worship, the singing, the prayers, everything. Using Paul’s famous lines from Romans 8, the young people of Canyon Creek spoke to us of the God who holds on to us through all the things life can throw at us. “God is always there,” they kept saying, a line we are often told, and yet when it comes from the mouth of a youth, somehow it holds a deeper authenticity. I can’t think of a better way to spend the first Sunday in Lent.
After being reminded of our mortality and our need of God on Ash Wednesday, we were then reminded on Sunday of just what kind of God it is we are dealing with, one who loves us so much that nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from it. It was an incredible Sunday of assurance. Thank you to the youth of our church. You helped us begin Lent with the God who will not let us go, ever. You showed us where to start.
Published on 02/19/2018 @ 9:34 PM CDT