By the time this arrives in your mailboxes, I hope and pray there is less snow on the ground, the temperatures have risen and the earth has begun its spring awakening.
We are in a unique place in the church year right now as we transition between Lent and Easter. We are well on our way, but we are not there yet.
Today is a turning point.
We may be tired of this journeying and long winter, but as we remember in this year’s reading from Isaiah 43:16-21, we are not alone. The prophet Isaiah spoke to the Israelites who had been on a long journey themselves. After living in captivity for decades, separated from their customs and rituals, away from the place that gave them their identity and calling, God spoke to them through Isaiah and transformed their lives.
God said to them, “I am about to do a new thing.” God told them to forget the things of old, the judgment and harsh words that had come before because of their sinful ways. “God will do a new thing—do you not perceive it?” It was a fresh start for the Israelites, a turning point.
These transformational words are ones for us to live by as we set our eyes on Holy Week. God’s promise to Israel that day and God’s promise to us today is that God will do a new thing. God will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
God wasn’t saying that life was going to be easy. The Israelites knew that all too well, as we know too. But God continues to create and bring life, even in the piles of snow, homework, housework and to-do lists.
What if for the rest of this Lenten season we took time to focus more on perceiving and recognizing what God is making new for us each day? What if in anticipation of Easter morning we get out of bed and go and look for signs of the Holy Spirit making things new? Instead of dwelling on the past, what if we remember the blessing we have? As followers of the crucified and risen Christ, what if we journey out into the world in search of the things that continue to spring forth life, faith, hope and love?
God is present. God is transforming us. God is bringing new, abundant life, to you, today.
As we look toward Easter, what an opportune time to praise God, encourage others, lend a helping hand and spread joy. What better way to banish the gloom of winter? What better way to anticipate the new life of spring? What better way to make room for Easter and the empty tomb?
We no longer need to dwell on the past. We only need to open our eyes and hearts to see the power and presence of our loving God.
Today is a turning point. Are you ready?
Posted on Mon, March 14, 2016
by Laura Langreck