I can remember as a kid tracking the weeks leading up to my birthday.   Once I figured out if my birthday was on a Tuesday or a Friday, the those weeks before I could announce the countdown to my family.  “There’s only three weeks until my birthday!”  “There’s only two weeks left.   You better start shopping.”   “There is ONE week left until my birthday arrives!”  And with each passing week, the anticipation would grow.  Each week as my birthday got closer, I could feel the age and excitement build more and more. 

We’ve arrived in the season of Lent.  A time of self-reflection, honesty, and remembering our mortality.  It can be a sobering time as we discover ways we haven’t lived up to our potential.  But something else happens during Lent, and I want to make sure we don’t miss it.

Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter.   The problem is that there are actually 46 days leading up to Easter.   During the season of Lent, we don’t count Sundays because Sundays are always supposed to be days we celebrate the resurrection.  So in the midst of this season where we are looking deeper into where we’ve messed up in our relationship with God, there are these weekly Sunday resurrection interruptions.  There are these moments we celebrate that God is still with us, that nothing can hold God back, and that we are loved and forgiven.  It’s as if there’s this countdown to Easter that’s built right into the process of Lent.  “There’s only three weeks until Easter.”   “There’s only two weeks left.  You better start inviting.”  “There’s ONE week left until Easter arrives!” 

Even after Christ’s resurrection, the party couldn’t stop.  “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”  Acts 4:33

May you take the time to reflect and grow in your relationship with God this season of Lent.  May you be willing to be honest and real with God about what’s going on in your life.

And may you discover God breaking in week by week to remind you of the promises of the resurrection, until we gather again to celebrate the gift of Easter.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris