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The challenge and truth of Lent


Pine River UMC Interim pastor

When I make the trip from my home to lead worship on Sunday, I often find myself listening to Elvis Presley singing his favorite gospel tunes — something he was quite good at and I am sure gave him comfort.

Today the one that comes to mind is: “Why don’t we call on Him before we lose our way.” Why indeed!

People are so stubborn, hard-headed and sometimes hard-hearted that they become blind to the truth God wants us to see. Frankly, as a consequence, we as a people and as individuals are reluctant to be responsible for the consequences of our being lost on the way.

It is a conundrum that people would rather live with guilt and shame rather than confessing to the truth so we can begin to be free.

Lent is our opportunity to call upon Him so we can either find our way back to the Light of Christ’s healing or to put on the armor of Christ so we don’t lose our way in the first place. You and I need all the help we can get as we strive to be faithful in a world where the Prince of Darkness, or in the modern idiom of “Star Wars,” the dark side of the force, is all too real.

As people who claim to be faithful to the Truth of Christ’s gift of salvation, we must provide settings of compassion so people can find their way to own up to whom they are, and what they have been, so they will see the Light and indeed call upon Him. It is not a time to be self-righteous.

It is a time to be glad that we will again find our way.

Grace and peace.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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