Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day are all celebrated in February. Each one calls us to venerate certain aspects of our history or our culture. From the one we love to the furry prognosticator, there are cards, celebrations and symbols that call our attention to the day. Whether it is a top hat, a red heart or a cherry pie, we know which event we are speaking of by the symbol that represents it.
As Christians, we have numerous symbols that adorn our worship tradition. We have inherited a rich symbolic tradition that calls us to remember and focus on various aspects of our faith. The cross calls forth both sacrifice and redemption. Alpha and Omega reminds us that both the beginning and ending of our journey affirms the presence of the Almighty. Candles, music, paraments, and prayers all punctuate both our past and the future to which we are called.
In this month, I would ask you to carefully focus on those guideposts contained in our symbols and discover how they inform and instruct what it means to be known by the word Christian.
Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure, Parish Associate