Last month several people told me the same thing about North Carolina. “If
you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” This quip, often attributed to Mark Twain regarding New England weather, seems more and more applicable to the North Carolina climate, changing even by the hour at times.
Mornings I am not sure whether to wear a fleece, light shirt, thin rain jacket,
or a winter coat. What I am sure about is that Spring is around the corner. The sun is rising earlier and setting later. The staff is planning for Easter Season. And my chickens are trying to smother me with more and more eggs. Spring is around the corner, and we Christians kick off the season with Lent.
Lent, a word meaning ‘Spring’ after the lengthening of days we experience during the season, is an invitation to all Christians to do some Spring cleaning of the soul. We begin the season with Ash Wednesday, March 6, reminding ourselves that we are a part of Creation, reaching out to our Creator and the holiness found within. We then take the next forty days (minus Sundays) to test our hearts, to ask of the Lord, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139). At the end of the forty days,
we meet our Resurrected Savior on Easter and recommit our whole selves,
body, soul, and spirit, to him.
It takes moral courage to examine your own life and identify areas that you must relinquish to Jesus. It takes courage to admit your own faults before
God and before brothers and sisters in Christ. It takes courage to take steps to confront the sin and temptations hiding in the dark reaches of our hearts.
I see this courage within the lives of those in Celebrate Recovery.
Celebrate Recovery (CelebrateRecovery.com) is a Christ-Centered 12 Step program developed out of Saddleback Church. It acknowledges that we are all broken people with hurts, habits, and hang-ups holding us back from fully experiencing the abundant life in Christ. Each of us is offered recovery through Christ, and this is something worth pursuing and worth celebrating together. I admire the moral courage of those taking the steps through Celebrate Recovery to pursue Christ.
A new chapter of Celebrate Recovery is beginning at Mount Hermon. May we support the work of Christ in this new endeavor. During the Lenten
Season, we will meditate on the themes of brokenness, recovery, and ultimately the redemption we find in submitting our lives to the one who gave his life for us. May God prepare our hearts for this journey.