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A Note from the Vicar

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This year, Lent begins on March 6th giving a long period between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday.  This can be a time of preparation for Lent and finally Holy Week.  This is a great time for us to pause and reflect on who we are, where we are and what we are doing.   Plato wrote in his “Apology”, that an “unexamined life is not worth living.”  Put even more bluntly, an unexamined life is an existence, just a period of time before we die.  If we take a little time to examine our life by making some intentional time to be alone to look back down the path we have taken in life and assess what we have done well, what we have not done well and what we could have done better, we will find not only instruction in this assessment but also relief.  It is a time when we can pause to celebrate our successes and more importantly ask forgiveness for our failures with an intention of not repeating those mistakes.  It can be a time to see who we are, where we are in life and what we are doing to direct our present and future.

In this time of personal reflection the question of calling may come into view.  What am I called to do?  Does God have a plan for my life?  In many places and in many ways we read that God does have a plan for us to discover in our lives.  An unexamined life will not discover this calling, this plan until it is too late.  The examination of one’s life is followed by listening to what God is telling you.  This message may come from the words of another person, a literal voice that you hear or perceive, or someone who seeks you out and directs you to your calling.  The first thing is being intentional in seeking your calling.  The words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” direct us to the promise of Jesus.  It is up to us this February to take some time to prayerfully examine our lives.  Then we can ask for direction, ask to find our calling, and wait for that door to be opened to us.

In Christ,

John+

 

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