Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this coming Sunday, 8 March 2020, the 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year A). Services start at 10:15 am and you are always welcome.
There is a moment in each person’s learning process, often called “The “Aha! Moment”, when something very complicated suddenly becomes very simple. But two conditions must be met for this happen.
First, it needs to be the correct environment. You cannot make any sort of change if the environment won’t allow it. The Season of Lent is a time for contemplation and thought. It gives you the opportunity to consider the possibility of change.
Second, one must be open to the moment. Too many times, despite being in the right environment, individuals don’t change their thinking because they are comfortable with the “old” way and don’t want to change.
Nicodemus’ problem was that he was tied to the “old” ways; he could not see or comprehend what Jesus was saying about being born again.
Abram could have easily stayed in Ur; he had no apparent reason to move to a new land. It may have been that he had a better understanding of who God was and it was this understanding, or trust if you will, that allowed him to move to an unknown land.
The season of Lent is a season of preparation. It gives one an environment to prepare. And in this environment, one can focus on one’s life, where it has been, where it is now, and where it might be headed.
During the Season of Lent, we are given an opportunity. But to do so, we must open not only our hearts but our minds in order to receive that change that comes. ~~ Tony Mitchell