Hi Family,

This week we celebrated Ash Wednesday. A “reality check” kind of day where we are reminded again of the reality of a fragile life and how death looms due to the sin we entered into this world. This is the Lenten journey, a journey of giving up distractions to focus more closely on the stark realities of life, a journey that begins with the reminder “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19, ESV). That is not where the journey end however, it is a journey towards Easter. It may start with ashes, but ends in the cross. Whereas the ashes represent death, the cross represents life. For it is on the cross of Christ that death was defeated, and it is in the Christ of the cross our death was exchanged for life.

We might be from dust, but we are eternally alive in Christ. And it is with and from this identity that we live our lives.

We are not what we do. We are not what we eat. We are not who we hang out with. We are not what we think. We are not what people say about us. We are not what we own. We are not how we play. We are not how we do things. We ARE “in Christ”. We ARE “God with us”.

Identity is not shaped by us. Identity is revealed by God. Join us this Lenten journey as we follow Christ. Join us as we follow Christ and discover our true identity. Join us in discovering the “me I don’t know yet”. Join us in discovering the “me I want to be”.

In His service, Pastor Roelof

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