Lent to Us
Commentary by Pastor Dennis TeBeest

“All of life is God’s gift.” 

It seems to me that most all of us around our church live our lives on that assumption.  That philosophy is the foundation of a healthy Christian world-view. 


If that is our philosophy of life, it has some big implications for how we live our lives:

  • If life itself is God’s gift, lent to us, we ought to use our lives and our bodies well. 
  • If our relationships and families are God’s gift to us, we would do well to nurture the gift, not ignore it. 
  • If our livelihoods and income and money are God’s gift, lent to us, it is safe to assume that we should invest that income to help faith unfold (If you want to find out what a person’s values are, just take a look at their check register!).
  • If all creation is God’s gift, lent to us, what in the world are we doing burning up its resources like there is no tomorrow?

The list goes on; you get the point.


I know that the word “Lent” means to lengthen, to stretch our faith and lives.  But I also wonder whether we might think of it as a time to especially wisely invest what God has LENT us.  To use Lent as a season to nurture what God has lent us would mean that we spend some time fostering that relationship with God in prayer, take a little closer look at ourselves in the mirror, and open ourselves up a little more to the cries of others—both the cries of need and the cries of joy.

Take advantage of the opportunities at First Congregational to help make the season of Lent deeply meaningful to you.

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