Last weekend was a rather entertaining anomaly in our Lenten season: the beginning of daylight savings time and a terrible snowstorm. I know better than many about the storm, because I literally ended up driving through it. Those who made their way carefully to our Sanctuary on Sunday morning for worship heard of Jesus wishing to draw all to himself as a hen draws her children beneath the cover of her wing. And how he called out those who wanted to kill him when they tried to scare him into line (good times).

This weekend, we will reach almost the mid-point in the season. Once we get past Lent III, we have two Sundays to go and then on the third, Holy Week begins. With this near half-way point, we find a wondrous, comforting passage from the prophet Isaiah that will be our focus:

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and you that have no money, come, buy and eat...
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.

I can almost hear the words of that old gospel song, you who are weary come home. It is a welcome and a rest for all who have need. A place to find restoration in the midst of our desert wanderings. Though we still must go to Jerusalem and face Golgotha, this week we find some respite. We find God calling to us with longing just to see us near.

So come to worship. Hear again of Christ’s deep love for us. Find what you need for the journey still ahead.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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