Reflections for Lent: Creative Contributions to the Scriptures and Sermons during the Lenten Season.

Reflections on the scripture for the Second Sunday in Lent
By Janet Speer

Mark 8: 33
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Jesus gives us a daunting directive. With COVID, unrest, illnesses and even death, we are consumed with “human” concerns. I have friends in the hospital, a grandbaby I cannot visit, I’m not directing plays, and my sweet little dog is doing poorly. I am overwhelmed with human (and dog) concerns. There are a few things, however, that can bring me out of my doldrums. The photograph you see shows a few of the poinsettias I rescued from the church. (I do this each year.) I wait until everyone has what they want then I bring the rest home. I’ve have even dug them out of the dumpster. I have 23 of these ruby red beauties lined up across our front windows; windows that welcome the sun throughout the house all winter. The poinsettias remind me of the people who placed them in our church . They remind me of the glory they brought to our souls at Christmas time, even though they were delivered virtually. I find Jesus’ message weighty, but also enlightening; literally. The light of God is the light of hope. If we are only about human concerns, we tend to forget where hope originates. My pretty poinsettias remind me to be on the lookout for hope. So, I’ll baby them all winter, and in the summer, they’ll make a big splash of red in my garden, bringing my beloved congregation outside with me for a breath of clean fresh air.

And oh – I almost forgot—the purple orchid is one my husband got for me over a year ago. I had about given up on it when it said, “I’ll show her!” and began to bloom, and bloom, and bloom. Talk about renewed hope! It sits with the poinsettias but won’t be allowed outside in the summer. (Orchids think they are princesses, you know. )

 

The Desert; a poem for the First Sunday in Lent
By the Children of Banner Elk Presbyterian

The desert is thought to be a dry, barren place
And
As Christians we try to avoid it
However,
God can help us to grow and flourish there if we let Him.

The desert is a hot, sandy, and lonely place
But
It looks inviting and warm,
Like the sun rays have formed the sand

The sand looks like the ocean
And
The wind is blowing
I think there are cactuses.
I think it is hot.

There’s a big road that goes through the middle of it
But
You can walk through the sand
Because
It has sand like the beach with lots of sunshine
And
It has pretty blue skies
And
It will have a pretty sunset of orange and red.

There are animal tracks!
And
There are camels somewhere.
Ah
The desert looks hot and I see a lot of camels.
And
It’s hot with lots of animals like lizards, camels, and rattle snakes.
But
Be careful of the quicksand!

The desert reminds me of Lent
And Jesus’ journey through the desert of temptation
To the joy of Resurrection.

Art work by Pre-school

The Children’s names with their contribution the poem

The desert is thought to be a dry, barren place, and as Christians we try to avoid it. However
God can help us to grow and flourish there if we let Him. Kaelin Braverman

“It looks inviting and warm. Like the sun rays have formed the sand.” From Katariina Marriott
Pepper Henley says “it’s hot with lots of animals like lizards, camels and rattle snakes. There is a big road that goes through the middle of it.”

Piper Henley says, “it has sand like the beach with lots of sunshine.”

Jackson Best- The desert is a hot, sandy, and lonely place.

Keller Best – The desert reminds me of Lent and Jesus’ journey through the desert of temptation to the joy of the Resurrection.

Libby Ennis: The desert looks hot and I see a lot of camels.

Pre-school
I think it’s Hot!
I think there are cactuses.
It has pretty blue skies.
It will have a pretty sunset of orange and red.
You can walk through the sand.
There are camels somewhere.
The sand looks like the ocean.
The wind is blowing.
There are animal tracks.
Be careful of the quicksand.