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TVFD Lent 2014

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow. That is the first day of Lent, a season in which we remember Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and his journey to the cross. The faithful are encouraged to give up something that distracts from living life to the fullest.

And on Ash Wednesday, we put ashes on our foreheads. One of the traditional sayings when placing the ashes is “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” I take that as a reminder that life is not wrapped up in what we have. We know from running structure fires that both a beautiful mansion and a dilapidated barn look just about the same when they burn to the ground and become a pile of ashes. Lent challenges us to reflect on this question “When I return to the earth what will be remembered? It certainly will not be the things that possess you.” So…remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.

Advent Pre-Alert

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

December 2013 reflection for Timberville Volunteer Fire Department:

What happens when we hear the County pre-alert tones? We listen and wait. We are in the first week of Advent which is a time for Christian believers to watch and wait for Christ. It is both a time to recall Jesus first coming as a baby in the manger and also a readiness for his coming again. Advent for believers is a lot like firefighter’s watching and waiting in between the time we hear the county pre-alert and our own tones. We know that something has happened, but we don’t quite know if and how God will be calling us. Advent is between a time of “already” and “not yet.” It would of course be tiring to wait in hopeful anticipation all the time, so we make that our special focus for these four or five weeks of the year. Blessings to you all in this season of watching and waiting for our Lord and listen for his call on you.