March 2010 Newsletter

Dear Friends in Christ,

Psalm 139 begins with these haunting words:

"O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways." (Psalm 139:1-3)

Psalm 139 reminds us that the God who made us knows us through and through. We have no secrets from the Lord. God knows us, not only our words and our deeds, but our silent thoughts and our hidden emotions. God knows the good that we intend and the spite that sometimes motivates us. God knows when our compassion is genuine and when we are just going through the motions. Our yearnings for reconciliation with God and one another are clear to the Lord. The limits of our love and the root of our self-centeredness are plain in God's sight. God knows who we are and desires to illuminate our darkness. God knows us better than we know ourselves.

In this holy season of Lent, we are invited as the people of God to look deep within ourselves. We are urged to recognize our own failings, to discern the brokenness of our spirits, to acknowledge our alienation from God, to admit our slavery to sin. Now is the time to proclaim our need for a Savior. Now is the season to turn away from evil and selfishness, anger and violence, greed and self-indulgence, idolatry and indifference. Today is the day to turn toward God, embracing the Lord who knows us completely and loves us anyway.

The American folk song "What Wondrous Love Is This" marvels at the breadth and depth of God's love for us. How incredible it is that our God who knows us through and through, loved us enough to send his Son to be our Savior. What wondrous love is this that the one who created us refuses to give up on us. What wondrous love is this that our Lord lays aside the glory of heaven to walk in our shoes, to die for our sins, and to rise for our sake, that we might claim new and everlasting life. In this season of reflection and repentance, may we turn our eyes upon Jesus and be restored in heart, mind, soul and strength by the God who knows us profoundly and loves us so deeply.

God bless you on your Lenten journey of faith,

Rev. Peggy Ann Sauerhoff