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Dear Friends,

I welcome this time of the year, the chance to pause and reflect on our relationship with God and one another. What beautiful words in our Ash Wednesday liturgy:

“Dear People of God, I invite you … in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent…”

And how do we experience a holy Lent? This year, I invite you to consider these words from priest and theologian Martin L. Smith — his idea of giving up “control” for Lent! He writes: 

“Perhaps the word ‘surrender’ should be enough for my prayer… Not the surrender of submission to an enemy, but the opposite, the laying down of resistance to the One who loves me infinitely more than I can guess, the One who is more on my side that I am myself. Dwelling on this thought of letting go, and handing myself over to the Spirit will bring me much closer to the experience of Jesus than the word ‘discipline’ which so many of us have been trained to invoke at the beginning of Lent. It should help us smile at our anxious attempts to bring our life under control, the belt tightening resolutions about giving up this or taking on that. What we are called to give up in Lent is control itself!”

Martin L. Smith, A Season for the Spirit

Peace and blessings,