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A Message from The Chair:
2016-2017 Theme: Unity in a Changing World
Well, we are here again celebrating Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
On this past fourth Sunday in February I had the good fortune to be at the early service at Mount Zion Baptist Church where Rev. Aaron Williams is the Senior Pastor. For about a year I have been driving my neighbor to Mount Zion twice a month to the 7:30 AM service. Since this is the beginning of Lent, Pastor Williams has written and created a “Devotional and Fasting Guide” that was passed out after service. As I flipped through the pages of the guide, a 40-day devotional that is easy to read and understand. It is written to help you through your journey of the 40 days of fasting (modified diet) and prayer. I found myself mentally taking note of how I was going to approach Lent this year and what sacrifice am I willing to put on the altar; let go and let God? The biggest challenge for me (and I must be honest with myself) is following through to the end with whatever I decide to do for Lent. In the introduction, Pastor Williams states “It is a time of self-examination and reflection”.
I can’t even begin to count how many times I have started and stopped on many things - always begun with good intentions to see them through to the end. I know that I am not alone in this challenge. But one thing that I do know is that with much prayer comes much power. This power leads me to make necessary changes in my life and helps me to discover not only what I need to do, but also how I can be a motivator for others. Change does not need to be hard, but it is necessary for growth. That is the challenge.