We all need safe places and people in our lives—havens where we can run when there’s uncertainty, danger, or storm. So why do we so often seek refuge in the wrong things? Why do we live as if we don’t need safety? The Bible tells us that God is our “refuge and strength,” that he—as our rock—comes quickly to our rescue. During this season of Lent at City of Light Church, we are taking refuge in Jesus. In the midst of the storm, we want to be a people who are not ashamed to seek refuge in the Lord and in one another.
The practice of Lent is an opportunity to follow Jesus who was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit for 40 days of prayer and fasting. This Lent at City of Light, we are seeking refuge in the Lord and one another, and inviting others into the refuge of Jesus and his church. Together, we help each other say ‘no’ to all of the things that we consume and that consume us (Mt 4) so that we can say ‘yes’ to the Lord.
In that saying ‘no’ to other things, we begin to feel hungry. And weak. We begin to feel our need. It has been there all along—this hunger—but it gets masked by the quick fix foods of our self, sin, and society. We can hide our hunger, but only in Jesus the bread of heaven can it be satisfied.
It is in the wilderness that we feel our need for Jesus and that we learn to receive his presence as a feast for our hungry souls. So many of us have no space for silence, speaking with and listening to the Lord and receiving love, strength, and guidance from him.
We long for a fresh start. We need a spiritual, physical, and emotional detox. So let’s clear out space to meet with him, and if it’s harder than we thought it would be, that just means we’re recognizing how much more we need him than we thought.
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2/17 Ash Wednesday — We Need a Refuge
2/21 Lent 1 — Our Refuge in the Wilderness
2/28 Lent 2 — Our Refuge Is with Jesus
3/7 Lent 3 — Finding Refuge in God’s House
3/14 Lent 4 — Taking Refuge in the Feast
3/21 Lent 5 — Our Refuge in Death
3/28 Palm Sunday
4/1 Maundy Thursday
4/2 Good Friday
4/4 Easter Sunday
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