FROM THE SHEPHERD'S PEN
Today begins another celebration of Black History Month. We look over the rich legacy that we as a people have had during four centuries on this continent. Our people have contributed to the economic, social and spiritual well being of this nation from its inception. From the traffic light to the lawnmower, the filament for the light bulb to the oil filter, the refrigerator to the mailbox, the golf tee to "the real McCoy", we have made a lasting contribution.
A key ingredient in the development of our people has been the church. Our church has been a key piece of the development of this community, city and nation through the work of its members. It is up to each of us to continue this legacy. February is a month of reflection on our collective history, but it also serves as a building block for our collective future.
This month also signals the start of the Lenten season, and we now begin our liturgical march toward Calvary. This season is one of introspection, when we take time to investigate and reevaluate the inner spiritual life. It is a time made up of forty days before Easter, developing into the period we know today gradually during the history of the church. For many, it became a period of fasting, which mirrored Jesus’ sojourn and fast in the wilderness, culminating with His temptation by the devil. Pondering this should cause us to reflect on the thrust of our Christian witness.
By the end of this month, we begin our Lenten preparation. As a church, we begin our corporate Daniel Fast on Wednesday, March 1, and we have developed a separate manual that includes recipes. Even beyond this, by the end of this month you will see movement toward the goals and objectives out of our Annual Church Meeting.
It will be up to all of us to move forward in what is entrusted to us. Our cloud of witnesses who paved the way are watching us, cheering us on.
Peace & Blessings,