Presbyterian Church at Tenafly

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The Pastor's Pen



For Every Heart a Home

Volume 7, Issue 2                                                                                                                                                 April/May 2017


In the twenty-third chapter of Leviticus, God instructs Moses to set apart a Day of Atonement for the Israelites.  On that day, the people are to worship God by fasting, prayer, repentance for their sins, and in doing acts of charity for those in need.  Our Jewish neighbors retain this custom each year as they observe Yom Kippur.

The early church with its Jewish heritage adopted many of the practices associated with Yom Kippur as it began to shape the season of Lent.  As we begin to prepare our hearts and minds for the observance of Jesus’ Passion and ultimately the joy of Easter, we do well to observe a period of quiet reflection about our own lives.

In these days of preparation, we can think, again, about our own habits, routines, and lifestyles.  Do we live in ways that demonstrate the love of God in Jesus Christ? From what thoughts and deeds do we need to repent?  How might each of us find one new way to draw closer to God in this season of Lent?

Perhaps there is a strained relationship for which you might hit the “re-set” button this season.  Perhaps it is time to address a pattern of behavior in which you are less than who you are when you are your best self.

As children, many of us “gave up something for Lent.”  Usually, this was something like chocolate, or cake and cookies.  In adulthood, it is not so much what we “give up” as it is a matter of taking on something for Lent.  In our prayerful reflection, may each of us find a way to draw closer through greater generosity, prayerful reflection or amendment of life.

In the Jewish community, it is not uncommon to wish each other a “good fast” for Yom Kippur.  I wish each of you “a good Lent” that you may know ever more fully the joy of Easter this year.

Blessings for the journey,




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