The Rector's Weekly Column

Rev. Victor H. Morgan


         Preparing for an event is often as important as the event itself. I am thinking, for example, of taking a trip.

         When I was a small boy, our summer holidays were prefaced by looking at picture books of where we were going. Indeed, I am told that looking at such a book and being told about a proposed trip to the Great Smoky Mountains served as an incentive in getting me potty trained!

         Many Christians throughout the world are now doing something not that unlike what my family did in preparing for a trip. They are anticipating Easter, the great feast highlighting the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

         This period of preparation before Easter is called Lent. During this time, many seek to re-order their lives according to Jesus' teachings. This re-ordering may include: spending extra time in prayer and Bible reading, living more simply, practicing disciplines designed to bring the flesy under subjection to the spirit, exercising generosity in giving and paying more attention to the needs of others.

         Such a period of preparation is especially called for in our harried and superficial age. Never in the history of the world has any people had more diversions than we. All around us are voices calling us to take our eyes off God and the way of life to which He has called us and to go in another direction.

         These hawkers of modernity tell us that we can find happiness and fulfilment in this or that product or by having this or that experience. So, have your cr3edit card ready!

         The weeks before Easter are a time for tuning out these voices, for getting back in touch with reality, for considering ultimate matters, for listening for the still, small voice of God.

         The Psalmist tells us: "Be still and know that I am God." This is good advice for every stage of life's journey, but especially during the next several weeks as we pass with Jesus through His period of suffering to His glorious resurrection.

         In this one event, sin and death was defeated, goodness and life, vindicated. Let us therefore prepare and make ready our hearts to receive every blessing flowing from our Lord's mighty resurrection.

         Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation; that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou has given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Rev. Victor H. Morgan is rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Blue Ridge.

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