A Note from our Rector...
I have always loved church. As a little kid, I remember going to vacation bible school, playing games, making crafts and eating snacks. As I got older, I hung out in the youth room on big comfy couches and talked with my friends about school, ball games, and boys. During college, it was much of the same. I had a lot of fun at church. Of course, I did the serious stuff as well...I learned about God and sang hymns and went to Sunday services. But it wasn't until I got older that I began to fully grasp what the love of God is all about. I grasped it gradually through the ups and downs of life; the joys and challenges. I grasped it on the days I felt alone and needed comfort. I grasped it on the days I felt angry and needed to gain compassion. I grasped it when my children were born and when my grandmother died. However, it wasn't the same love of God that I learned about as a kid when I sang "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so." It was different. I didn't know God's love because I was TOLD about it. I knew God's love because I EXPERIENCED it.
This Lenten season, I encourage you to take time to experience God's love in your own life. That may mean setting aside time each day to pray or spend time with someone who is lonely. Volunteer with a community outreach group. Go to morning prayer. Sit quietly in nature and watch the sunset. Whatever you do, take time to notice and thank God for the blessings in your life. Allow God's love to dwell in you.