Here is our reflection from Craig Keen and a guided prayer from Pastor Chris to help us enter into the season of Lent together
This week we try to imagine our lives in the expectation and glorification of Jesus’ transfiguration. We try to prepare ourselves to see a world where God could come into at any moment. That any regular moment could be transfigured into a moment of God’s glory and power.
This week we interrogate what we consider spiritual and what we consider not spiritual and why. We try to recognize the spiritual significance of everything in our lives, even the things we understand.
This week we learn what the Gospel is from Jesus himself. We try to imagine what it must have sounded like to hear that God’s kingdom was coming in a world that is more distant from actual kingdoms.
This week we examine the baptism of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. We learn how we are called to repent as a body, not just as individuals.
This week we learn about the Kingdom of Heaven and how we need to work to imagine it not as a far away place and time, but have it come into our lives this very moment.
This week we remember what the peace of Christ means. We are reminded by the songs and declarations of Simeon and Anna.
This week we learn about how to give and receive love. We learn how to need people and how to be needed by people and how this need calls us to discipleship. Our mutuality is part of our sanctification.
In this first week of Advent we remember how Christ has come and delivered us and how we continue to wait for Christ to come again. We continue to pray for the coming of the Lord.