…..from your Pastor’s Desk:
March 20th was the first day of spring, although with all the rain and cold weather, you may not have noticed. Traditionally, spring is a time to throw open the windows and clean out all we have stored and accumulated over these many cold and wet months.
We easily amass so much more than we need. It bursts from our closets, overflows our shelves and clutters our lives to the point we even rent storage areas. Perhaps we all need to do a little Spring Cleaning. These final weeks of Lent might be a wonderful time to deliberately release ourselves from the many “things” we own by cleaning out our closets and simplifying our lives in a prayerful and intentional way.
On one level, this is ridding ourselves of things we don’t need, or things that we hated to part with except that they are so “out of style.” Certainly, many of us have numerous things that are “extra” or “unneeded” for us, but could be wonderful for those who can’t afford to buy clothes at a store.
Another level of this journey into personal freedom is to ask ourselves how much I really do need? How many sweaters do I want to choose to have? How many jackets, sport shirts, dresses, shoes? How much jewelry? How many electronics? How much sporting equipment? How many sets of silverware or dishes? How much of so many things we have in our lives?
We can get as serious and go as deeply into this as we desire to bear the good fruit of simplicity and generosity. This is not “should I get rid of what I don’t need?” This is different, more faith-filled and takes us into giving up ‘good’ stuff — perhaps stuff we are attached to — because we want to experience the exercise of freedom. It is often the case that the more possessions a person has – the more their possessions possess them!
And let us not forget the need for some ‘spiritual’ Spring Cleaning as well. The two are directly correlated. Perhaps there are ideas, philosophies, concepts or preconceived notions that need to be let go. Maybe useful or important to us once – they now too – have become outdated as we grow spiritually in the practice of our faith. Let them go! In doing so we make room in our being for the good God wants to give us at Easter.
We do this because we sense that we are not free in some areas that are tremendously important for us, important for our salvation. Growing in freedom before the things in our lives can be a great grace. This freedom, too, will place us in greater harmony with those who find such great happiness and joy in trusting in God, while having so much less than we imagine we could survive on. In that we will find happiness.
This is just the beginning. What else might we do that fits with our circumstances and the needs around us and in the world?
The Journey Continues… God Bless You!