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Spirit of life
Lent 5

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David Coffin
Usually we emphasize the spirit around the season of Pentecost. However, this same spirit is present for all believers even during times of trials, testing, and journey though life’s difficulties. All three of this week’s lessons serve to remind us that the outcome of the Lenten journey is intended to point toward new life. While Christians are reminded all year that we might see and experience the shadow of the cross, the spirit of life is also ever present.

How does anybody get out of bed in the morning during Lent? This year, it is the end of March and the beginning of April. The winter Christmas holidays are a distant memory and the only thing people have to look forward to in April is “tax deadline” day on April 15. Some people have had their share of “cabin fever,” being housebound much longer than they would desire. Summertime is at least a couple of months away. So how does one resist simply trying to find shortcuts from doing chores and simply snuggling up as a couch potato during the season where we are supposed to be growing spiritually?...

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