Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Blessed Ash Wednesday to you. I hope to see many of you at the "come and go service" tonight at Rock Canyon High School, from 630pm to 8pm. There will be a short teaching and music each half hour 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. You may come to the altar to receive communion, ashes and absolution anytime you desire.

Lent is a season when in preparation for Easter many of us attempt to either begin implementation of spiritual practices or to strengthen the ones we have. It seems to be a check-in point for any who yearn to develop habits and disciplines that place us closer to the Christ.

There is a story of a young disciple in India who left home and traveled in search of a spiritual master whom he at last found sitting in prayer beside a river. The young man begged the master to teach him. The master rose slowly and suddenly grabbed the younger man and dragged him into the river and under the water. Seconds passed, then a minute, then another minute. The young man struggled and kicked, but still the teacher held him down until last he drew him coughing and gasping out of the water.

“While you were under the water, what was it you wanted?” the teacher asked, when he saw that the other was at last able to speak again.

“Air,” the young man said, still panting.

“And how badly did you want it?”

“All…it was all I wanted in the world. With my whole soul I longed only for air.”

“Good,” said the teacher. “When you long for God in the same way that you have just now longed for air, come back to me and you will become a disciple.” ( a story told by John A. Hoffman Jr., St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach CA.)

May we crave the presence of Jesus in our life like our lungs crave air. The Lenten journey is an opportunity to pray anew for Jesus' transformative power in your life. Let us not waste this chance to grow closer to God.

See Matthew 6:7-14 and Luke 11:1-4 for further reserves.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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