The hardest part about relationships is that they are not always easy. In fact, any relationship worth it’s salt is going to have conflict, tragedy, and brokenness. If there’s one things we all have in common, no matter what our family system is like or what our political or religious affiliation may be, we have a broken relationship with someone. It may be a family member, it may be the government, it may be the Church, and more than likely, it may be God.

This month, we enter into the season of Lent, a season characterized as one of penitence, sacrifice, and repentance. Lent literally means “spring,” which has a much more hopeful ring to it. Spring is a time of new life, new beginnings, and healing. Lent, therefore, is much more about reconciliation, or the rejoining of two things, than it is about feeling guilty. Lent is the season of reconciliation between God, us, and those broken relationships we have.

Our Adult Forums and our Lenten

Series will be focused on Reconciliation this year. We’ll be covering topics like reconciling our relationship with God’s Creation, our relationship with people who are of a different religious tradition, and our relationships with family members who have wounded us in ways unimaginable. I pray that you’ll join us in this Lenten journey, and begin the process of wholeness in all your relationships, with God and elsewhere.