March 5, 2017
Texts: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Good morning. It’s a gift to be able to share with you all here on the first Sunday of Lent.
In reading and thinking about this week’s lectionary scriptures what stood out to me is the sheer extremeness of the stories and reflections. There is significant drama, deception, tragedy, and amazement in the story of the fall of man, in Jesus’ fasting and temptation, and Paul’s summary to the Romans of sin and grace.
This morning I will reflect on the physical and spiritual habitat described in these stories, what we can learn from that as we begin the season of Lent, and how this connects with our current times. Throughout this teaching I will refer to God as “God” and would like to say that to me that is an open name that can mean different things to different people. Please be free to replace the name in your mind with the name you might find closer describes who or what you think of as ‘God’ - The Life Force, Holy One, Great Spirit, etc.