“Instructions for living a life:

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.”

–Mary Oliver

“Sometimes,” Devotions

            It’s that time of year for Christians around the globe to enter the season of Lent.  People from the outside might seem perplexed.  Why do Christians put ashes on their foreheads and fast for 40 days?  Why not just do a good juice cleanse and call it a day?

            You know as well as I do that the world isn’t what moves so quickly–it’s us humans. Here in the Northeast we have become particularly adept at maximizing our time and our family’s schedules, as well.  We all do this maybe because tacitly we know that time is one of our most precious resources and we don’t get back once we’ve used it.

            And so we have the season of Lent help us put it all into perspective.  Those ashes that go on our foreheads remind us of our mortality—from dust we have come and to dust we shall return.  If you hadn’t thought of it lately, it’s your annual wakeup call.  This life is it—so take inventory, reflect, breathe in and out, and pray. In fact, why not take 40 days to do so, like Noah on the Arc or Jesus in the wilderness.  Lent is our invitation to slow down and to live intentionally. Lent helps us prepare for the one who turns death on its head, for the one promises more than dust, but instead true and abundant life.

Here are just a few opportunities to join in and do the work of reflection together as a community:

  • Adult Education: “Short Stories by Jesus,” Sundays during Lent at 12:30 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Worship Service, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Holy Week Special Services

Lent is a time for us to do just what poet Mary Oliver charges us with in her poetry: Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.”  If you hear that annual wake up call, you are always welcome to pause and reflect during this season of Lent at Wyoming Presbyterian Church.

Grace and peace,

Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga

Interim Pastor, Wyoming Presbyterian Church