Thursday in the First Week of Lent

As I left St. John’s last Sunday and the brunch with dear friends afterwards, I contemplated why I needed the Church in my life and why a Lenten discipline plays such an important role. When I was younger, I think I attended Church more for my kids and the social interaction. Not that they are not worthy causes, but hardly a search for spirituality. But times have brought on changes not only in my life, but in my quest for a more interactive relationship with God.

What factor brought on this change?

Perhaps I was changed as a result of the outrageous acts that intelligent and apparently cultured people continually do to each other. As one national and social outrage followed another, I began to doubt that looking only to human models as the source of values could or should guide us. I needed to be open to the possibility that some Ultimate Source of value ( God) should direct me, if only I would pay attention.

I attend Church now, not for social interaction predominantly ( although a Sunday brunch after the service is a gift from God); but for a thoughtful sermon about our relationship with God. I want the music and mood to touch me, and to leave a feeling that I have been in the presence of God.

Lent is a time to examine why we need God’s presence and pray that it occur more and more.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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