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February 19, 2007, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Lent is a time to remember

Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51)

During the time of Lent, it is customary in the church to remember and meditate upon the events that occurred during the last period of the life of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We pray that through these times of special focus on the passion of our Lord, we will gain a clearer and deeper appreciation for that which the Lord has done for us. This we do by the means of the Word of God, through our Lenten services, through fellowship with one another, and throughout our worship services, as well as in our own personal times of reading and prayer.

Why is it important to concentrate upon the events of Lent?

Because we receive great encouragement upon the deepening and renewing of the knowledge of the love of God toward us as sinners. This love is shed abroad into our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given to us.

Oftentimes, in our humanness, we may find ourselves slow to find the time to read his Word, to be in prayer, or to attend the hearing of His Word, forgetting that neglect of the Word can cause a “leaking in our soul.”

In short, it is good and beneficial to be reminded of what the Lord has done for us.

Motivated by the joy that was set before him, Jesus steadfastly (firmly, unchanging) set his face toward Jerusalem, where he would despise the shame and endure the cross for sinners such as ourselves.

May God by His Spirit shine the love of Jesus into our hearts, thereby renewing the wonder of it all into our souls. And on Easter morning, may the power of the resurrection bring to us great joy, as we lift our songs of praise to him in the sanctuary.


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