Lent — Trauma, Resilience, Resurrection!

What is the Lenten theme this year? Trauma, Resilience, Resurrection!

Trauma seems to be the new normal. Every day brings news of something the government has done in our name, that we neither voted for nor would ever in our right minds have agreed to participate in. Our planet is crying out for help and yet the EPA is being stripped of its powers to protect her. Young girls and boys are sold into sex trafficking or raped right here in our little town and left to heal their wounds with little or no support. Every news cycle there’s a school shooting, a synagogue shooting, a shooting in the parking lot of a grocery store, and still little to no progress has been made on laws to better control who owns or buys weapons. The voices of our ancestors weep for the profound and devastating crimes of genocide that were never fully resolved, and we are only beginning to realize how trauma lives on from
generation to generation. Despair and desolation are very real, and they are a very present part of our daily life on this planet. A faith that does not address the pain we feel is hollow and will ultimately betray our confidences.

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one
day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow
feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility
will return once more. — Anne Frank

Where are we to look for signs of grace? Does scripture offer any hope? Do our
present-day prophets/poets/artists provide insight into how to cope with so much loss
and pain? This is the territory we will explore during the Lenten season this year.
The season of Lent which ends with the joy of Jesus’ resurrection teaches us that
without death, there can be no new life. Day in and day out we face loss and watch as
suffering takes place all around us. Our souls grow weary, so let us choose to face the
hard things together and with clear eyes, walking the road toward renewal and

March 1 Trauma/Grace
March 8 Political Trauma/Bold Choices for Peace
March 15 Environmental Trauma/Thirst for Living Water
March 22 Ancestral Trauma/ Restored Dignity
March 29 Gun Violence Trauma/New Life
April 5 Palm Sunday Spiritual Trauma/Communion

This year the poetry of Wendell Barry accompanies us on the journey. Please pick up a
copy of this Lenten devotional at the Ash Wednesday Service on February 26th at 7pm
or on the first Sunday of Lent which is February 2nd. Also available is a guide for
families to increase their love quotient by creating a family ritual together throughout
the Lenten Season. Watch for those resources.
Blessings to all, Curran