From the Desk of Pastor Brian

How’s your Lenten Journey going?

How is your Lenten Journey so far?  Maybe this question catches you off guard like a child who hasn’t completed his or her homework.  Maybe your thought was to give up something for Lent but that seems to have gone the way of most New Year’s Resolutions.  Lent is more than 40 days of preparation for Easter or the Resurrection of our Lord.  Lent is a time to be present with oneself and God.  Does spending time with God seem uncomfortable or anxiety provoking?  Maybe you ask this question; “How do I really spend time with God, especially when I don’t know what God looks like and have never seen God’s profile picture?” How do you envision God, see God in your mind, let alone your heart and soul?  At Christmas we celebrated the manifestation of God in Jesus who was born in a manger surrounded by grace and love.  During Lent we have an opportunity to contemplate our God who came to us at Christmas, and comes to us daily.

What separates us from God? Sin, seems to be the answer but what really is sin?  Sin is anything that gets in the way of our relationship with God; it is the barriers we set up between self and God yet there are no barriers between God and us.  When excuses are made and God is ignored, when people become selfish and focus only on personal gain without a thought of the well-being of others then there is a separation between us and God, and that is sin.  God defeats the power of sin on the Cross of Christ and the Resurrection of Easter amazingly expresses the power of God. Even though we may focus on the God of the Resurrection that doesn’t mean that we don’t still put up barriers between us and God.  There are no barriers between God and us, there are just the barriers we build to wall ourselves up in our pride and self-focus.  The Lenten Journey then is about getting in touch with the barriers we build between self and God so that each of us might come to realize that no matter how high a wall we build God still reaches past that wall to love each one of us. God reminds each of us during Lent that we can’t do it alone and are in need of God and each another.  May the rest of your Lenten Journey be focused on the amazing love of God on the Cross of Christ which leads us to a daily Resurrection of our Lord in such diverse and amazing ways!

The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Oltman

Resurrection Lutheran Church – 1111 Fifth Street – Coronado, CA – www.rl.church