As we enter into the season of Lent, we are given opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice, suffering, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. In such a time of reflection, it is easy to be reminded of the suffering, violence, and sacrificing of lives that we see everyday in the news.
Our world is crying out for the complete redemption of the Kingdom of God, and healing from the taint of sin that colors every leaf, grain of sand, and heart. During Lent, we feel the weight of our need for a resurrected Savior who conquered death in our stead. And as we approach Easter, let our hearts well up with joy and celebration that we have such a Savior in Jesus Christ. May our hearts feel both the weight of sin and lightness after the burden of punishment is taken from us. May we believe more deeply in the power of God to forgive us of all sin, and in his perfect love for us.
As we meditate on these things, let us pray that our students and children will also know the depth of God's love for them. When they see the pain and suffering of the world all around them, may they understand God's working plan to rescue his creation from the grasp of sin. May God give them a yearning for his sweet salvation, and then joy in all circumstances, knowing that nothing can snatch them from his hands. May the next generation of believers be able to turn to the Father in times of confusion and chaos to find the One who is working all together for good. May they find in his sovereignty unshakeable hope.