March 2020 Newsletter Article
March 1, 2020, 8:00 AM

Grace and peace y’all!

So, as I write this, last night was Ash Wednesday; the beginning of the season of Lent. And this morning, I had a big conversation with our youngest child, Miriam.

She listened to the sermon. She saw what we did that night of imposing ashes on our foreheads. And she woke up the next day pretty scared. She doesn’t want to die.

Which is good, because I don’t want that either! However, as people of faith we have tough discussions, we confront what makes us uncomfortable, we don’t sugarcoat this reality.

I was proud of her. We had a good conversation. We cried in one another’s arms. I was amazed and humbled by her deep thinking and her wonderful questions. I was glad to have this difficult conversation.

During this season of Lent, perhaps we shouldn’t try to hide from those difficult conversations; those thoughts that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. We’ve grown up in a world that doesn’t want anyone to be ‘uncomfortable’ in anyway. Our world and society is designed to make things easier for us to live, laugh, and enjoy.

At times, I’m thankful for that. But, the reality is – life is at times pretty difficult and is full of uncomfortable conversations and awkward moments. It’s OK to have those deep conversations. It’s OK to have a discussion that doesn’t end with an answer.

It’s OK.

As I told Miriam that morning, no matter what, God’s love for us is so great that God will never be away from us. There’s nothing we can do or say that will keep God from loving us. No difficult conversation, no hesitant question, no late-night pondering will scare God away from loving us.

God guides us in love to see that we are always in God’s presence. That Emmanuel is here. Now. Forever.

Let us open ourselves up to God’s guidance. Have those awkward questions, don’t be afraid of difficult conversations. God’s with you.

I love y’all and I mean it.

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