Yet Even Now

By Pastor Cindy Marino

Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
                                         Joel 2:12-13

To Rend: to tear apart, split or divide; to pull or tear violently; to distress

Lent is an ‘in between” time of year: In between winter and spring; in between the ‘already and the ‘not yet’ of the consummation of our faith. It’s a time to be introspective, to consider our purpose, our direction, our impact on the lives of others and whether our lives have any meaning at all in this sometimes painful, sometimes joy-filled world.

Lent is a time that brings us to our knees. While our eyes might be closed or cast downward, our heart is lifted and opened to the pain of the world around us. It doesn’t take long for our hearts to break.

For this, the church is here. There is something in between a feeling of comfort and a feeling of challenge in the sanctuary during this ‘in-between’ time. A broken heart brings with it cracks in our façade through which God can enter. The beauty of the sanctuary reminds us that God is in our midst.

For the next few weeks, Grace UMC invites you to experience God’s presence in the beauty of the sanctuary during Church Office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be prayer stations in the back to encourage you in your time of prayer and reflection. May you come to a better understanding of the gift you are to others, and the gift God is to you, as you contemplate this time in between new life and life renewed.