Youth Specialties | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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From dust we came and to dust we shall return.

It is on this day that we hear the prophet Joel’s commission:

Return - LORD - God - Love

Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

And it is on this day that we begin our Lenten path: our journey through the wilderness and toward the cross… Our time to retreat from the busyness of life, to reflect on what it means to be human and children of God, and to open our ears to hear and our eyes to see the ways in which God is present in our lives and around us.

Time - Life - Lives - Meaning - World

It is our time to recognize that life is short, and therefore to reevaluate how our own lives have and can have meaning in this world.

And as Jesus wandered in the wilderness 2000 years ago between his baptism and the beginning of his ministry to prepare for what was to come, Lent is also our time to wander in the wilderness in preparation for our journey toward the cross and onto the Resurrection.

Lent - Practice - Something… - Chocolate - Coffee

During Lent, some of us take on the ancient practice of “giving up” something… However, whether we give up chocolate or coffee, Facebook or tv, this practice does not serve as a means to prove our willpower or to cut a few calories in our diets. Rather, it serves as a means to cut out something in our lives that we seem dependent upon or that consumes us and holds us back from seeing and experiencing the grace of God in our spiritual lives, in others, and in ourselves.

At the same time, some of us also choose to do the ancient practice of “taking something on” in our lives (in that newly created space) to help us return to...
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