So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 2:17 NRSV). The liturgical season of Lent is quickly approaching, which also means that winter is almost over, and spring is coming. I think of them together as almost the same thing. I'm tired of seeing dead brown grass and leafless trees. I'm ready for green grass, leaf filled trees, flowers and butterflies (but not mosquitos!). I am ready for this "old life" to be gone, ready for the "new life" to begin. The season of Lent is a time for growth in our faith through prayer, self-examination and spiritual discipline to get us ready for the crucifixion and the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. These practices are to help us, as Christians, to get rid of the "old life" that has become a part of our everyday lives. I'm sure that Pastor Chas will help us through his sermons to feel once again that a "new life" has begun in us. So as the days get longer, the sun shines more and we work on growing our faith, everything will become new again.
“Daffodowndilly She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young