Inward, upward, onward

Day 1

It is the first day of Lent and the launch of the Lenten Blog.  I begin this year with a story, because…well, that’s what I do.  (BTW, Sarah Warren I am so glad this story brought joy and laughter to your family…)

I preached my first “official” sermon at the church in Royal Oak in January.  The congregation was filled with family and friends who had come in support.  I saw my children sitting there in the second row and what can I say… I went for it.  (I mean really…how many times to you get the chance to literally “preach” to your children?) . Ok… I went a little long and Ok, I covered A LOT with a lot of passion.     The next day I asked my daughter what she thought and after the obligatory “you were great,” she said “does it always have to be so intense?”

With that in mind, I take a deep breath during this Lenten season, calm it down, and dial back the intensity (at least until Easter).   As I look around me the soap boxes are all pretty crowded, so I will step down and turn my attention “inward, upward and then onward”.  That is the title and theme of this year’s blog.   All three words denote movement and direction. Lent is a good time for us to examine the direction of our lives.  Where are we headed?  What path are we on?  Is our path intentional or has the current of life swept us in some new direction?

I’m headed to the cross roads to look for where the good way lies….who’s with me?

Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.  Jeremiah 6:16

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