Glory of the Night Sky

If you're planning a trip to Westcliffe, Colorado to see the Milky Way (this is related to my sermon from yesterday), be advised that they get a lot of clouds in that valley.  It's possible that you would go to a place that has done what they can to make the glory of the night sky visible and while you're there, all you see is a dark blanket of clouds.  We can set the conditions just right for the night's glory to be revealed and it still not be visible to us.

Jesus' glory is still available to us, but it is more obscured than ever by competing lights.  Even diminishing the competition, however, does not guarantee that we will see his glory.  I can't guarantee you'll see Jesus' glory if you get rid of all the distractions around you.  I can tell you that it will be much more difficult to see his glory if you don't get rid of some.

Lent is the perfect opportunity to push away distractions and seek Christ's glory, to contemplate him, to pray to him, to be still with him. 

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday (services at 12:30 and 6:30 at Central).  We then have 40 days of dedicated time to focus more intently on Jesus.  Perhaps attending the Lenten services each week at 12:30 will help.  Perhaps the Prayer and Communion services on Thursdays at 12:15 in the Ingram Chapel will also help.  Maybe what you choose to fast from will open you up to see Jesus' glory  in a new way. 

Not sure what you'll fast from this year?  Maybe start with this list credited to Pope Francis:

Fast from hurting words ... and say kind words
Fast from sadness ... and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger ... and be filled with patience
Fast from pessimism ... and be filled with hope
Fast from worries ... and have trust in God
Fast from complaints ... and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures ... and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness ... and fill your hearts with joy
Fast from selfishness ... and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges ...and be reconciled
Fast from words ... and be silent so you can listen

I can't guarantee that you will see Jesus' glory by performing these fasts, but I can say with confidence performing them will make it much likelier, and whether you see his glory or not, you will be reflecting it.