Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church


March 14th, 2012 by Holly Hess


By Holly Hess


My math teacher used to say, “You can’t see the forest through the trees.”  He was right.  It is hard to assess things we’re too close to.  Sometimes we need a change of perspective in order to see life more clearly.

The other day I was frustrated when one of my children stole some art supplies and painted my upholstered chair.   I was up to my elbows in stain remover and a little crabby when word came that a friend was in the hospital with her little girl, who had just suffered a serious seizure.


Lent changes our spiritual perspective.  We experience Jesus differently during lent.  Jesus the savior also becomes Jesus the sufferer. The tone of our worship and our lives change in response to his suffering and sacrifice.  We ask, “How are we responding to Jesus?”  Is our faith making a difference in the world?  Are we too caught up in little things to be grateful for the big things?

I recently read a quote that said, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.”


God gathers us together as a Christian family and calls us to live a life of love and service.  Being at church feeds our family.  It sustains us.  But we should also consider what our every day actions say about our faith.  The perspective from the pew is important but how we act on our faith beyond these walls can and does change the world.

My, “I’m spiritual but not religious” friends ask why going to church is so important to me.  It’s simple.  My faith shapes my perspective and being in worship opens my eyes to things I would never see on my own.

It’s Lent.  Jesus is in the wilderness and we’re trying to see the forest through the trees.  We can go through the motions or we can make things happen.  We can demonstrate that people of faith are people of action.  We can gather together to share the Lenten experience.  We can let go of little things and focus on more important things.  We can model Jesus’ strength, trust and selflessness.  We can lead by example.  We can change perspectives.

All-Seeing God,Give me perspective and help me to see where you are calling me in this world.



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