March 1, 2020, 1:00 PM

Lent is a forty day period we as Christians participate in, which starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. We reference this time to the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan and preparing for ministry. When I think of Lent the first thing that pops into my mind is lint; yes the short fibers that separate from cloth and usually shows up on our dark clothes. 

Last summer we got a new addition to our family as we moved to Fountain City. She is a beautiful blonde and now weighs 65 pounds. Her name is Faith; her mother’s name was Joy. She is our English Cream Golden Retriever. Faith is a blessing to our family and me. She is always happy to see me and willing to cuddle. She leaves gifts of her blonde hair like lint all through our house and on our clothes. We have lint rollers stationed all over the house and in the doors of our vehicles. Most of the time we can roll the traces of her off of us before we go to school or work.  We vacuum 2-3 times a week, but sometimes we are tired and just let it be and we start to not notice the hair. 

What if Lent was a time for us to roll away our bad habits and sin like lint? What if we made these forty days a time to concentrate on our relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Can we notice our faults and seek to better our relationship with Jesus Christ and in doing so prepare as FCUMC to continue to do ministry? Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion! Wash me completely clean of my guilt; purify me from my sin!”