By Reverend Michael Hutchison  Pastor, Prince of Peace Cluster
La Porte City and Eagle Center

Lent: A Season of Sacrifice

Easter is the climax of the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of humanity. The sacrifice began when he accepted coming among us in human form, to bring us closer to the Father through His words and actions and finally to offer Himself on the cross for our sake. We also experience the Father’s love in giving His son to humanity. We are called to a daily life of sacrifice, but in this season of Lent the call is more intense.

To sacrifice means to think about the welfare of others and to go the extra mile to bring comfort and cheer to them. It should not always be me, and it should not always be everyone else trying to make me happy. I should also think of how to make others happy, how to sacrifice for others. We all have something we can sacrifice for the sake of others. Sacrificing our time, energy, talent, and resources, to mention but a few.

Lent is a season where children must sacrifice for their parents. In some families, parents work so hard just to keep the family going. As children the least we can do is to support them and appreciate the sacrifices they make for us. Parents also work so hard to put bread and water on the table. Children are encouraged to show their appreciation for all their parents do to sustain them. In situations of single parenting, children should appreciate the plurality of roles their single parent plays as breadwinner, father, mother, tutor, chef, nurse, psychologist, hairdresser, maid…

Parents are also encouraged to sacrifice for their children; wife also for the husband and husband for the wife. Let us always remember it should not always be about me. Some use this word erroneously. To sacrifice does not mean to do something against the teachings of Christ because you want the other person to be happy or to break the law just to make another happy. Sacrifice means going out of your way because Christ calls you to emulate Him.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” What is the burden in your life? Jesus wants to help you. Turn to Him and ask for His help. Jesus says, “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Jesus meek and humble of heart, touch our hearts and make them like your own. Amen.