Giving Up Something Old ... Taking On Something New

We often associate Lent with fasting, with giving up something that we don't really need. Coffee, chocolate, meat, television, Twitter, Facebook ... the list of fasted items is long and varied. This year, I decided to try something different -- to take on something that could bring me closer to God as opposed to giving up something that could distract me from God. A few days after making this decision, someone shared with me that they had made the same decision. Then, in a devotional, the writer said that he had also taken on a new discipline. Lent is no longer just about repentance but of how to move on from what we learned in repentance. A new discipline or practice is a way to mature in our faith.

In this week's lectionary text from Isaiah 43, the prophet writes: "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" What is the new thing that you can do this season? How will that discipline shape and mold you into closer relationship with God? As we continue on this Lenten journey together, let us engage in the new as we move on from the old.

In gratitude for your work in God's creation, and that you ARE God's creation,
Pastor Darian