Lent: Living the Questions (2) Will I Cross the Threshold?
Distractions come easy these days. We have an infinite amount of options that pull our gaze elsewhere—Amazon Prime, Crave, Instagram, Netflix, Tiktok, Twitter, Tinder, Airbnb, Kindle, WhatsApp, Facebook, Yelp, news feeds and podcasts and search engines, and those are just on-line options. It’s easier than ever to distract ourselves. Even spiritual practices can be a form of distraction, allowing us to bypass or dissociate from the messiness of human existence with its vulnerabilities, unfelt feelings, needs, wants, traumas, and desires. It takes intention to slow down and sit within the tension of unanswered and even unanswerable questions.
We draw on the same awareness that helped us see God in Epiphany, to come close and see ourselves in Lent, welcoming what shows up into our awareness, even if it is uncomfortable. Trusting that as we do so the Spirit will be our guide, drawing to the surface that which needs our care and attention.
This week, notice the thresholds in your life right now. What is the Spirit inviting you to leave behind? What is the Spirit inviting you to step into? How is Jesus calling YOU to be born again? What’s holding you back, keeping you stuck? Where will the courage come from to move forward? What help do you need?
These are big questions. You don’t have to answer right away. Just sit for a while in the wilderness of your days. Sit still long enough to see the colours of the sky change. Sit still long enough to feel what movements are happening inside of you. What is it that you notice wanting to say?
That moment, when we finally dare cross a threshold, is a very short, but very heroic moment. I want to highlight the importance of this singular, courageous action, and all the inner work we do to ready ourselves for that one small step. I am praying for you.
Deep peace and blessing,
Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor, Church at Southpoint
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Sun Feb 26 First Sun. Lent (No service)
What Voices Am I Listening To?
Matt 4:1-11, Gen 2:15-15, 3:1-7
Sun Mar 5 — Lent (2)Will I Cross the Threshold?
John 3:1-17, Gen 12:1-4a
Sun Mar 12— Lent (3) What Am I Willing to Give?
John 4:5-42, Ex 17:1-7
Sun Mar 19— Lent (4)Why? [All IN Service]John 9:1-41
Sun Mar 26— Lent (5)What Hope is There?
John 11:1-45, Ez 37:1-14
Sun Apr 2 Palm SundayCan I Trust This?
Readings for Maundy Thursday Will I Let You In?
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
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Self-guided walk of reflection offered at Kingfisher Farm.
Readings: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Matthew 27:27-50
Easter SundayDo I dare believe?
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At Southpoint, it all begins with God’s love. Just as a plant grows, it receives sunshine, so we grow as we receive God’s love. At Southpoint, we are growing in our capacity to love God, ourselves, one another, and creation.
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