Opening Day

catching-baseballTomorrow is Opening Day.

Baseball season? A new school year? Grand opening of your favorite new store?

No, Lent. 

Probably few of us think of Ash Wednesday that way. Not like the excitement of watching the first pitch, or even going back to school.

In fact, for many, it may be a day to avoid–too many memories of judgment and doom and gloom.

But what if Lent were a time to recognize how beloved we are? To receive not God’s judgment so much as God’s intention that we be alive to God’s love, to catch what God has for us. Then we’d want to celebrate Opening Day.

I am planning to have that kind of Lent this year.

I hope lots of lovely people, like you, will join me in spending some time with each other, and with God, learning more about how beloved we are and how God wants us to receive and share the gifts God sends our way. We can begin by gathering on Opening Day.

But if you don’t want to, that’s okay, too. There is no one right way to do any of this.

I’d like to know what you think: joyful Lent, no Lent, same old Lent.

Take the poll below.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

4 thoughts on “Opening Day”

  1. I am looking forward to a joyous Lent as well. I met with my One Month to Live group last night. We had love, laughter and a spiritual connection that was so wonderful to me. I love this group … and look forward to the journey this Lent brings with them as my friends and spiritual mentors.

  2. I am also looking forward to a joyous Lent this year. Last year I missed a while, due to health issues. I feel stronger now and I am ready this year. Perhaps it will be joyous and I know it will be wonderful. I always like bringing the scriptures to life. But you know that.
    Thank you pastor,
    Thank you God,
    Thank you MCCR,

  3. This is my firt time reading this blog, and I really enjoyed it! I to am looknig forward to a great Lent this year. My small group met for the first time on Monday night, and it was awesome! I’m really excited about the things that we will unlock and un-cover within this study!

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