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The Pastor’s Pen

As Lent keeps rolling right along, I hope everyone had an enjoyable and refreshing spring break. If you missed worship this past Sunday, Jill preached from Luke 11:5-13. It was a wonderful sermon on prayer in which she asked us: Do we pray to God as though he will actually respond?

Now, that’s a powerful question!

Think about verses 9-10 of that passage: “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Ask. Search. Knock. As we continue the Lenten season, those are good words to describe our work. Are we asking God to forgive us and change us? Are we really searching for new life in Christ? Are we so intent in finding it that we continue to knock until the door is opened for us?

I believe that is part of Lent’s great mystery. It’s the one time of year the church sets aside for us to intentionally focus on returning all of life to the Lord. How is your asking, searching, and knocking going this Lent?

This good news is that there is still time! More on that this Sunday morning. I’ll see you in worship!


P.S. There will be a meeting this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the UMW Room for those interested in forming a mission team for Delta Grace in Sunflower, MS. This is a wonderful opportunity to help a homeowner in one of the poorest regions in our country. Please consider either joining the work team or making a financial contribution toward the trip.