Dear Lord of Life, 

We are fast approaching the end of Epiphany, a season celebrating the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the world as the Son of God. It is a time to reflect on the many ways in which Christ reveals himself to us, through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. God has felt so present with us at Lord of Life in the people in our vibrant ministries and events like Feed My Starving Children, family bingo night, and Senior Spirits. 

Also, during this season, we remember the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, bringing gifts and recognizing him as the King of Kings. I feel as if we were right there with Wise Men bringing our tithes and offerings displayed by the monumental giving we had during December. 

Lastly, the season of Epiphany reminds us that Christ came to bring hope to a troubled world and to offer salvation to all people, regardless of their background or status. Let us continue to seek and follow the footsteps of Christ, and to share the good news of his love with those around us in our Darin, Willowbrook, and surrounding communities. 

As we approach the end of the season of Epiphany and the start of the season of Lent, we take time to reflect on the meaning of Shrove Tuesday. Celebrated on February 21st this year, it is also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the last day of feasting and revelry before the start of the 40-day period of fasting and self-reflection during Lent.

In the Lutheran tradition, Shrove Tuesday is a day to confess our sins and receive absolution from our Lord. It is a reminder of our human frailty and the need for constant repentance and renewal in our faith. By examining our hearts and confessing our sins, we are made aware of the grace and forgiveness that is offered to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. How can we use this Lenten season to reflect on areas where we have grown apathetic in our commitments and rededicate ourselves to the Lord through taking on a discipline that encourages our spiritual growth? 

As we move from the season of Epiphany to the season of Lent, let us remember that our Lord's love and grace are always present in our lives, guiding us on our journey of faith. May we use the 40 days of Lent to deepen our relationship with God through prayer, fasting, and acts of service to others.

May the hope of Christ sustain you on your journey,

Pastor Adam