I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it. – Mark 10:15
I believe childhood is to life what spring is to the seasons—a time of warming up to the world, of fresh thoughts coming to life, new feelings and experiences taking root in one’s spirit. Once summer arrives with its heat and fall ushers in the chill, much of that freshness gets lost if we don’t protect it.
Jesus loved children because youth enabled them to see clearly. Jesus loved to learn from them because children are natural born teachers. Perhaps that’s why Jesus often speaks of repentance as a return to childhood. Repentance calls us back to the humility and joy that accompany youthfulness. Last week Angela Tarrant gathered a group of young ones for a little call-and-response prayer service. She’s sharing that with us this week as our second Lenten Prayer exercise. Let yourself repent to childhood days of singing and praying. Enjoy!
We’re delighted to add a new stewardship channel to Gather. We’re now on Givelify, enabling us to use a church-friendly app for easier giving. This is in response to several folks who were frustrated by not having a third option. Take a moment to scan the Q-R code and register. God is good to all of us, and it’s a blessing to share together in this work!
A Lenten Journey with Madeleine L’Engle
This year we’re traveling Lent with an expert navigator, the famous 20th-century author and religious thinker, Madeleine L’Engle. You can order her book 40-Day Journey with Madeleine L’Engle on Amazon. (It’s also available on Kindle.) Then join us each Thursday as we look over the past week’s readings and discuss what spoke to us.