Lent with the Lord's PrayerSo it’s the middle of lent. As people greeted me Wednesday night after our Lenten service they said, it’s nice to hear a message of hope during lent. The power of our message as Christians is hope. So why is Lent a time when the church gets depressed. Today, a day we often play jokes on each other, can you spend time in hope and laughter.
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."
3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126:1-6
"Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21
St. Francis of Assisi advised many years ago: "Leave sadness to the devil. The devil has reason to be sad." And G.K. Chesterton wrote: "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly!” So, let's fly around with the angels for a moment laughing.