This will be the “back page” for the bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist church for Sunday, February 18, 2018, the 1st Sunday in Lent (Year B).
Somewhere among the myriad pages of my blog is a comment that suggested that when you give up something for Lent, you give it up for good. In other words, if you give up chocolate for Lent, it is a commitment that you will never have another piece of chocolate in your life. Obviously, that idea was not well received.
Lent is about preparation, of putting your priorities in order, determining what is important to you and your life. Clearly, God’s decision to destroy the world, His creation, was not an easy one. How can anyone destroy something they had created? But God saw in Noah a possibility to (excuse the cliché) wipe the slate clean and begin again. The people of this planet were His most desired treasure and God would take care of them.
When Jesus went into the wilderness, He had to make a several choices. What did He value the most? What did He want the most?
Perhaps that is what Lent is about. What do you value the most? As Peter points out, through Christ we are saved. We are still God’s treasure. But is God our treasure? These are the days where we decide.