Lenten Reflections

Last week I wrote Ash Wednesday Reflections about how I believed Ash Wednesday calls us to reflection and renewal. I’ve made it a point to notice when those holy moments happen in my life, to savor them and to genuinely be grateful for points of connection with our Creator.

This week the connection came as week sang a familiar hymn in worship “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”, the first verse and chorus says:

1 Come ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love, and pow’r.

I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.1

This hymn reminded me how important it is for us to be in relationship with Christ, for us to be continually praying and listening.  “I will arise and go to Jesus” begs of us to put all of our trust in him for us to genuinely follow him in spirit and truth. This is what Lent begs of us I believe to be in relationship with Christ to spend time renewing and reconnecting with him.



1 Come, ye sinners J. Hart (1759)




Ash Wednesday Thoughts

Today we begin our Lenten journey for the next few weeks we will pause to stop and ponder the ways in which we can draw closer to God and be honest with ourselves about our wretchedness and sinfulness. I’ll be the first to admit these aren’t easy things to admit or deal with and/or focus on its necessary for us to draw closer to God and is something we should do daily. We must be honest with ourselves and refocus our lives in a way that commits us to daily confession of our sins and that allows for God to shape and mold us into who we were created to be.

It is my prayer this Lenten season they we all will spend time in Gods presence renewing and refocusing our relationship with our creator. Be vulnerable with  God and see what happens…