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Ponderings from the Parish Associate - March 2023


As we enter the season of Lent we are led to be introspective. We are expected to think deeply and reexamine our faith journey. With scenes from the war in Ukraine and the devastation in Syria and Turkey, we may be tempted to ask, “Where is our God?”

Whether it is these global concerns or the frustration and tragedy in our own lives, we can easily call our faith into question.

I have recently read an account of Germany in the late 1930’s and have been shocked at how individuals could tolerate the brutality to other humans. Even the church seemed to be rather silent in the midst of such turmoil. Questions abound in trying to

understand and make sense of these dark days in history.

I am reminded of Job shaking his angry fist in the face of the Almighty asking the question “WHY?” As faithful followers we too often feel as he did and ponder what answer will be given. It is only as we reaffirm our faith journey that we understand the better question is, “What is it that I can do in effort to make whole those who suffer.” It need not be a magnanimous gesture, but even a simple affirmation of our love and concern is an affirmation of our faith in a journey that is never a straight path but always a destination of ultimate faith in a day yet to come.

~Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure, Parish Associate


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