Ready for a Change
Anne Pruett-Barnett, Pastor
Oh God, let something essential happen to me, something more than interesting or entertaining or thoughtful. Oh God, let something essential happen to me, something awesome, something real. Speak to my condition, Lord and change me somewhere inside where it matters. Let something happen which is my real self, Oh God. ~ Ted Loder
On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, we begin an annual forty-day journey that is filled with self-examination, repentance (literally turn around, to find new direction), and the inevitability of change.
“Speak to my condition, Lord, and change me somewhere inside where it matters.” Throughout the season, as we walk the way of the cross with Jesus to Jerusalem, we will keep our eyes open to the changes that will come along the journey; changes that will take place deep in our hearts.
We will be challenged to wrestle with our fear of change, the difficulty in changing, and the life-giving new lease on life and call to service that change can bring.
Are we ready for a change? Are we ready for something essential to happen to us? If we make the Lenten journey in a deliberate way, returning to God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, change is inevitable! For along the way, we will meet Jesus who takes us by the hand and leads us to experience wholeness and a peace that passes all understanding; Jesus who says, “Ready or not, here change comes!”
What do we need to do to create the space within us to be ready for and recognize change? We begin by making shifts in our habits and behaviors, small changes in our lifestyles. We can be more grateful for all that God has given us, less wasteful with our resources and more generous. We can deepen our relationships, make new ones, and let go of toxic ones. We can fast from all that distracts us from doing the will of God. We can pray for our friends and our enemies. We can forgive those who have hurt us. We can reach out to those on the margins of our city. We can attend worship on a regular basis.
If we make these shifts in our habits and behaviors, small changes, in our lifestyles, hopefully, at some point during our 40 day Lenten journey or by the end, we will be ready for whatever new thing God is doing in us!
Ready or not, here comes the God of change!