This will be the “Back Page” for the bulletin at Fishkill UMC on March 24 , 2019 (3rd Sunday in Lent, Year C)
The nice thing
about the Season of Lent is that we know where it leads us. Because we know that, we can, should, and do
reflect on our experience with God.
Was your first experience with God like that of Saul on the road to Damascus, a bright flash of thunder and light? Or was it like that of John Newton (“Amazing Grace”) where the storms of life caused you to consider the direction of your life and change it? Even our own John Wesley’s life began to change when he could not find God on a ship crossing the stormy Atlantic. The episode at sea would lead Wesley to the Aldersgate Chapel where he would find his heart strangely warmed by the knowledge that Christ was a presence in his life.
Each of us has
experienced God in our own unique way.
But, no matter how we came to know God through Christ, there was someone
who, by their words, thoughts, deeds and actions, helped you to find Christ.
there are too many Christians whose words, thoughts, actions, and deeds give the
message “we don’t like your kind here.”
Too many Christians today echo the words of the inn-keeper when he told Mary and Joseph there was no
room for them in the inn that night.
time of Lent, as I reflect on my own experience so many years ago, I know I
cannot give up my faith or my church because, even though some would have
closed the door, there were those who opened the door. And I need to be there to open the doors for
remaining days of Lent, are you , through your words, thoughts, deeds, and
actions helping people experience God?
~~ Tony Mitchell