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God's Mercy Calls Us Back to the Source of our Faith

Lent has come.  It is a Season of the Church Year that many view as just the weeks before Easter when Christians "give up" something important to them like meat, or coffee, or chocolate.  Most often it revolves around things we love to eat.  But Lent isn't really just about giving up something.

Lent is about facing ourselves without hedging our bets.  It is a Season that calls us not only to face ourselves and the reality that we have possibly drifted away from that intensity of faith we experienced when we were first acknowledged God's special presence in our lives.  But it also calls us to return to God as the Source of our Faith, to lay aside all that distracts from our faith and to renew our vows of commitment to God.  Lent begins and ends with God's mercy.  

It is that mercy that looks beyond our sin and our imperfections, beyond the flaws and insecurities that stump us and inhibit us.  It is mercy that invites us to God's presence even when we feel unworthy, when we feel there is nothing we can say or do that is good enough to prepare us to be in God's presence.  How right we are!  It is God's mercy that receives us and his love that embraces us, his saving sacrifice that cleanses us, his Spirit that empowers us and nurtures us for this life's journey.  Lent begins and ends with God's mercy.

Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.  To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever.  Amen.

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