As I sit down to write
this, I have found that I have lost a small note pad.I had been writing down some items and
thoughts to put to paper for this very introduction.But I have lost my way, my direction.How many of you can relate to these very
thoughts?Traditionally, for many people,
Lent means giving up something, physically giving up certain things,
sacrificing wants over needs.But as I
remember my note pad, it revealed other key words.The three “R”’s, repentance, release, renewal.Maybe a more positive word play.But it boils down to one thing, change.The one thing that never comes easily.
We have had many
writers for our Lenten meditations, and in compiling this book, I discovered our writings would be three short
of the forty days.It came as a
suggestion that I pull some writings from a book written by a former
member.In 1999, Martha Wiglesworth
wrote “Journey to Jerusalem”.I had not
taken the opportunity to read it until now, and what a game changer.I have had a hard time picking which three to
re-publish.Her book highlights each
part of a journey, a journey of change.The change that must come from within.
I want to let each of
the writers know how much I appreciate your endeavors.The church on the corner of Main and Mill is
certainly impressive from the outside, but wow, the dedicated Christians that
find their Christian home here are 100 times stronger than the limestone blocks
that make this building.Thank you so much
for all of your heartfelt words.We are
a “People Who Care”.