His Desire

Dear People of the Lenten journey,

“A writer, whose name I have forgotten, once said that the true religions of America are optimism and denial. The psalms demand that we recognize that  praise does not spring from delusion that things are better than they are, but rather from the human capacity for joy. Only when we see this can we understand human capacity for joy. Only when we see this can we understand that both lamentation (“Out of the depths I cry out to you , O Lord “[Psalm 130:1] and exultation cry with joy to the Lord, all the earth” [Psalm 130;1] ) can be forms of praise. In our skeptical age, which favors appraisal over praise, the psalms are evidence that praise need not be fruit of optimism. --Kathleen Norris,“ The Cloister Walk “, New York: Riverhead Books,1996, p.94

During Lent (these 40 days leading up to Easter), the biblical focal point of worship at God’s Grace Community Church will be the Psalms. We each crave an authentic life of faith with our creator. Yet sin enters in with self-deception causing us to go on paths which lack truth. Too often we lose our way and miss the full joy God desires for our life.

This Lent, let us gather around the one true Christ who offers us a fresh orientation with our Heavenly Creator, that we might share a new energy for life.

Prayers: For our “Annual Congregation Gathering” this Sunday; for Lent midweek gatherings, for the sick, the poor, and those who mourn.

See Psalm 6 for further reflection.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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