During Lent our community is focusing upon the theme of Upside Down & Inside Out. We are being called not just to grow, but to "grow up." Growing up asks us to take a second look at what we thought we knew, what we thought was decided, what we thought we were done with, and to discover that there is more than we saw at first glance.
Growing up means not only saying but actually knowing in our bones that God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. Growing up means realizing that it's possible to follow the rules perfectly and still have a heart of stone. Growing up means recognizing that death is absolutely real - and also, absolutely powerless to stop God's reign from coming, here on earth, as in heaven.
During the Fourth Sunday of Lent our focus on "God Amidst the Shadows" recognizes that life is hard - and that many, if not most of us, are sure that we are in it alone. Yet in our supposed abandonment, God not only hears our distress but responds to it. How can we recognize God's presence in the shadows and see the life that is there?
Link to Message: God Amidst the Shadows