It’s two weeks until Easter, and Lent is almost over. Lent is the 40 days that lead to the Cross and then to the Resurrection – the reason Christianity exists. If the story stopped with the Cross, our sins would be put to death, but there would be no victory. The Resurrection and Easter are the hinges upon which all our beliefs hang. Lent is supposed to be a time of focusing on the reason for the season, thinking about Christ’s sacrifice and God’s great love for us. Many people give up things for Lent, and I had good intentions . . . that lasted about two days. Part of the Lent tradition is that the 40 days don’t include Sundays, meaning Sundays don’t count against you for anything you gave up for Lent. I quickly devolved into every day being Sunday. Sigh.
But one resolution I have (more or less) kept up is the “thinking deep thoughts” resolution, so here’s one that brought me to tears, from a blog post by Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God:
“There is a famous story about the theologian Karl Barth, resonant with deep truth. It goes like this: near the end of Barth’s life, having written the most monumental theological work of the 20th Century, having read virtually every other theological work ever penned, a journalist asks him, “What is the greatest truth you’ve ever heard?”
To which Barth replies, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.'”
That’s what it’s all about – God’s love. We can argue about theology and nitpick about traditions, but when it comes down to it, the truth is that Love is the greatest force on earth. It’s necessary for life, and it transcends death. The Creator of the Universe loves you and loves me. He created beauty and good and light, and he is within reach. If you seek, you will find – it’s a promise.