Blaine Davis is our seminary student. He is attending class at Crannmer Theological House in Dallas. As part of his class work he had written a series of 5 papers on what we believe about the Scriptures. We plan to share these papers with the entire congregation We will share one a week as we continue our journey through Lent.
We are currently in the midst of the Lenten season, the forty days in the Church calendar that begin with Ash Wednesday and end with Good Friday and the celebration of Easter. One of the important images in the Bible attached with the number forty is the image of the journey.
Last week, we reflected on a God who reveals himself to us in specific ways. This week I want to continue our discussion by looking at a topic closely related to Revelation, which is what the Church calls Inspiration.
Lent represents the difficult times in life. And by difficult, I don’t mean the fact that you decided to give up BOTH coffee and chocolate instead of one or the other. We practice sacrifice during the Lenten season to remember that our Lord’s journey to the cross was also filled with sacrifice and required him to rely on the will of His Father.
As many of you know, I’ve spent the last twelve years of my life as a high school teacher. Most of the time, when I mention my profession to new acquaintances, I get a nice pat on the arm and the good old Texas expression: “Bless your heart!” Despite the challenges, I love my job and the lessons it has taught me. One of the most important lessons I learned during my first year of teaching had to do with clarity.
We are nearing the end of Lent and Easter is just around the corner. I find it a continued blessing that we live in the Northern hemisphere and that the seasons of the year add meaning to our liturgical calendar. Easter arrives with spring and the celebration of the light breaking into the darkness corresponds with longer days, budding trees, and the greening of the world.