March 19, 2012
Do you ever feel like you are running the “rat race”? Our lives are moving at a break-neck pace. Our time saving devices have us all closely “connected”. I find it odd that we have very little margin in our lives often because of the time we spend on our “time saving” devices. We eat on the run, and read on the “fly”. Where do we find time to hear from God these days? Time to reflect on what is going on inside of me; time to really evaluate my priorities; time to just let my soul catch up!
This time leading up to the celebration of Easter is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by lives more marked by busy schedules and routine than by quiet reflection. This commitment is not about ritual. It is time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out. Dr. Don Saliers is credited with saying this season prior to Easter “is a double journey – a journey together (and alone) toward the mystery of God’s redemptive embrace in the death and resurrection of Christ. At the same time, it is a journey into the depths of our humanity.”
The purpose of this letter is to invite you on a 20 day journey beginning today, March 19, 2012, and ending April 7, the day before Easter. Would you be willing to adjust your schedule and calendar?
I am not going to tell you what to do during this 20-day time of prayer and renewal. Some of you may wish to practice various Christian disciplines during this time such as getting away in silence and solitude before God. Some of you may wish to practice the discipline of fasting – certain food or drink, hobbies or social media. You decide how the Spirit of God is drawing you into a more focused and intentional time with Scripture, prayer and time before God. I just believe that if we “who are Christ followers will humble ourselves before God in prayer, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, that God will hear from heaven, heal our land and forgive our sin.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Mountain View is God’s church. I may be the senior pastor, but Mountain View is not “my” church. We are God’s people. We are followers of Jesus.
I have asked Jeff Borden to exercise his spiritual gift of teaching in writing a short devotional for each day to give focus to our time. It will be emailed to you, and can also be accessed here on our website.
Expectantly waiting for God’s best,
Pastor Bill Bowers