April 12, 2021

Looking Unto Jesus

Grace and peace to you each! The Lenten journey is a time of journeying forward by faith, with intention given to spiritual disciplines including prayer, fasting and turning away from distractions and temptations as we turn our attention towards God. Symbolic of the 40 days of temptation from the Devil experienced by Christ during a journey through wilderness, the Lenten journey is a time of repentance, renewal and restoration with hope, that points us towards personal and communal resurrection.

The good news is that the journey of Lent both reminds us that salvation on the other side of repentance is available and that resurrection in Christ is possible. Lent is an opportunity to acknowledge aspects of our living that dim the light of Christ in our lives. The Lenten journey helps us to once again rekindle and walk in the light and love of Christ.

The journey towards walking in the light of Christ requires that we live our faith in relation to actions that point us towards renewal and restoration. This does require us to adopt Hebrews 12:1-2 in our living which states, wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”

A weight is any kind of sin that keeps us from fully experiencing our faith in God. Sins come by many names including pride, envy, greed, and racism. During this Woman’s history month, I am thankful for all the women of past generations who through their faith and witness modeled living in Christ while fighting against the sins of hatred, discrimination and injustice of all kind.

For the Rosa Parks’, Fannie Lou Hamer’s, Ida B. Wells' and Michelle Obama’s of yesterday and today and for our grandmothers and mothers and all women of faith who impact the world for Christ….we give God praise and we God thanks. This Lenten season, inspired by their witness, let us continue to lay aside the “weights” of our living and let us steadfastly continue to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Rev. Perzavia T. Praylow, PhD.

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