Again & Again – Lent 2021

In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering
and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament
again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of
Jesus on the cross repeats—every time lives are taken
unjustly, every time the powerful choose corruption and
violence, every time individuals forget how to love. With
exacerbation we exclaim, “Again?! How long, O God?”
And yet, in the midst of the motion blur chaos of our
lives, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love
you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God
breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward.
This theme provides a clear invitation in a time when
much is unclear. Even if worshiping apart, we come to God
again and again with our prayers, our dreams, our hopes,
and our doubts. Even if from a distance, we will continue
to be community to one another—especially when it’s
hard—by choosing each other over and over again. We
will continue to love God with the same persistence
God chooses and claims us.

In this season, we need rituals—both old and
new—to remember and be transformed.
Embodied practice builds muscle memory.
Repetition helps retrain our neural pathways.
We need the 46 days of Lent because
this season shapes us into more
faithful disciples. Join us this Lent
as again and again, we bring all
of who we are to God and trust
that God will meet us, time and
again, along the way