FR. MIKE ANNIS 1939 – 2014 CELEBRATION of LIFE & SERVICES Saturday, March 1, 2014, 2:00 pm, Christ Church Episcopal Burial is pending at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Fairview, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Friends in the Desert, 43 W. Pacific Ave., Henderson, NV 89015. Rev. C. Michael Annis, […]
I said goodbye to my dear husband of 48 years, father of my 2 great kids and 2 foster sons and their families. Many of you have known Mike’s illness, and his struggle with the chemo. His struggle is over, his pain is gone. I cannot say how much all your messages have meant to […]
Jesus said in Matthew 6:16
"Whenever you fast, do not look dismal". Lent is not supposed to be dismal. It is, however, supposed to be a holy time. There is no rule that says anyone must be miserable during Lent. The whole point of any observance of Lent is not to make us unhappy, but rather it is to create a space where God may dwell more fully. At St. Timothy's we began making room for God at the Ash Wednesday liturgy. During that time, we prayed in silence and also received ashes as a sign of repentance. We made our confession and received communion. And now, we have some time before Easter to practice holiness daily.
The Church commends the weekdays of Lent as times of "special devotion", as an observance of bodily discipline as well as a spiritual one. The beauty of Lent is that every person gets to choose what is right and meaningful for themselves. Some people choose fasting, some choose extra spiritual reading, or more frequent prayer, or doing community service, or actually going to church every week. Whatever we choose, God honors that as an offering of ourselves. Jesus told his disciples to do these things without fanfare, and with a sense of holy joy.
Lent is not a time to be dismal or unhappy. It is a time of joyful dedication and anticipation of a closer walk with God. Let us all pray that we might see our Lord face to face more fully as we await the day of Resurrection.