Dear Bloom,

If you haven’t come to notice yet, it is a unique experience to allow the lectionary readings to guide us through the seasons of the church. This last Sunday, being our second Sunday during the journey of Lent, reminded us of the origin of our life in God.

That in fact eternal life is a gift. The Lord is the giver, He has given light and life to the world. He gave His one and only Son for the sake of the world, and He has given Himself to us.

If Lent is in fact a season of departure from the world’s claims on us. It must be a return to Him who holds our life. Lent is a time for fresh reliance upon the God of the gospel. It’s a time to reflect on the way in which God gives new life that is welcome when we recognize how our old way of life mostly leaves us weary and unsatisfied.

My knee jerk reaction is to do always do more. I find myself often fixed with the questions of how and in what way does one participate with the Kingdom of God. On Sunday, I continued to notice the Holy Spirit prodding me to remember … to remember that one cannot even see the Kingdom without finding its origin from above; nonetheless, find their way into it.

“Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above… ”

– Andrew Devaney