We cry out, “He is risen!” And the echo comes back “He is risen indeed!” It’s time for Easter. Walking into any establishment where you can put your money down or swipe your card wouldn’t help you to know that it isn’t time for Easter. The big hearts and teddy bears were put away from Valentine’s Day, only to be replaced by bunny rabbits and chocolate eggs, getting us ready for Easter. But is this how we are really supposed to be getting ready for Easter?
We’ve entered into the liturgical season of Lent, where for 40 days (not counting those Sundays until Easter) we focus on the life of Jesus and in particular, Jesus’ journey to the cross. We lay aside those things that bind us to loosen our hearts for Jesus. During this season of Lent, we have challenged the youth to give something up, but not chocolate or coffee. We’ve asked them to give up hatred, jealousy, the desire for more stuff and we have challenged them to start living into the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We hope to loosen these feelings so we might live more like Christ. Join us on this journey.