It’s really good to be back! I hadn’t realized how much I had missed you all until I began seeing you again.
This year I began my time with you on Ash Wednesday. What a great day to “jump back in”! My first days with you will be on our Lenten journey together.
We think of Lent as a time of self-reflection, confession, repentance, and well we should. But we also (perhaps mistakenly) think of it is a dark, perhaps, dreary time.
The word “lent” comes from the Old English word “lengten” which translates into our modern English “lengthen.” It referred to the time of year when the days were lengthening. It meant “springtime.”
Lent is not a dreary time. Rather self-reflection, confession, and repentance can lead to the spring time of our souls.
May the remainder of Lent lead you into the bright morning of Easter.
It’s spring time!
God is with you all.
-Pastor Gary Dreier