Someone asked me recently if I had a motto that I live by. I have a couple of mottos, but the most important one to me is simple, yet at times elusive, no action without contemplation. I don’t know who said it first or where it came from exactly, but from the first time I heard it I knew it contained a really big Truth, one that we either wrestle with or we are lost.  

We are blessed here at Christ Church to be offered wonderful teachings and examples of this motto. John’s sermon last Sunday focused on the essential but sometimes challenging subject of discernment. He writes “Discernment is an integral component of our lives as Christians…Do we seek the wisdom and guidance of God as we discern our way forward into the future?” This coming Sunday our guest preacher Jensy Maldonado will preach about miracles and she will tell stories of Christ Church and the impact the mission trips have had on her life and the lives of the other girls at Our Little Roses.

To me these two sermons are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. They show us the power of contemplation and action. The parishioners who follow their hearts and God’s call to Honduras, the parishioners who are called donate to Our Little Roses or to adopt a girl, those who find praying for the girls on their birthday month, all we do matters to the girls and to parishioners, all is essential. We are called in different ways. But when we follow our true call, God’s call, there is an element of reciprocity; it feeds our souls and theirs.

The question is: How is God calling you? We are a week away from Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and the 40 days of Lent. Consider joining me and guest facilitator Lisa Richard as we offer workshops on discernment during Lent. Also, our Lenten book group will explore discernment and call using the spiritual memoir Take This Bread by Sara Miles. As John wrote in his sermon last week, “Discernment is a discipline best done in community like Christ Church in which we place our lives in God’s hands.

Wishing you a prayerful and fruitful Lent,

Melanie