Lenten Reflection – Judith

Lenten Meditation

The Reluctant Servant

Judith L. Drew, PhD, CRC -2.20.13

When Rebecca asked me to do this, I had several thoughts. The first was why me?  Quickly followed by the second, what do I have to offer?

And of course, the third, the inevitable self-doubt.  Could I do this? After all, it would not be like what I normally do every day. This would be sharing my thoughts on my faith when my faith is still a work in progress.  You see, when it comes to my faith, I am truly unfinished business and a seeker.… [Read More]

2012 Lenten Reflections – Christine

Lenten Reflections

by Christine Parker

I gave up fear and cheese for lent.

Giving up the cheese was surprisingly easy.

The fear, not so much.

Have you ever noticed that when you pray to God for help in something, say patience, that what you get are opportunities to practice patience? You know, you say please God help me to be more patient, and you find yourself facing traffic jams, frustrating people, a pot of spaghetti water that won’t boil, interminable lines at the DMV.

I think this is where the term ‘be careful what you pray for’ came from.… [Read More]

2012 Lenten Reflection – Roger

Lenten Reflection

Roger Nozaki

I have to admit to having a conflicted relationship with Lent. I grew up in the common tradition of “giving up” something for Lent. Each year, I would wonder what thing I enjoyed that I would give up for 40 days. In many ways, that seemed right for many years, in my family culture where discipline, frugality, self-denial, and deferred gratification were not stated values or expectations, but simply a way of life.

But over time, that tradition of giving up something I enjoyed seemed only to darken the bleakness of a season that was already tough for me – cold, dark, and barren.… [Read More]

2012 Lenten Reflection – Beth

Lenten Reflection

From Beth Willis

Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, or the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.[Read More]

2012 Lenten Reflections – Elizabeth

Lenten Reflections

Shared on March 7th, 2012

Proverbs 18: 7-17: 7 A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts. 9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall. [Read More]

2012 Lenten Reflection – Cathy

Lenten Reflection – February 29, 2012

–by Cathy Clasper-Torch

In thinking about how best to share today, I felt that both word-reflection and musical-reflection would be most appropriate.    My hope is that each of the three reflections will offer you some food for thought, and music for meditation on the words.

The Ash Wednesday service last week is one of my favorite services, as well as the Maundy Thursday Tennebrae service.   I love the somber quality to them, and feel like God’s mystery and wonder are particularly present in these services.… [Read More]