The tune Mark Miller wrote haunts me still. We used his song, I Believe, as the entrance into worship during Lent some years ago. The words to the song were found written on a wall in Auschwitz:
We have all been there, that place where we feel as if there is nothing we can do that will really make a difference. There are things that happen that are simply beyond our control. There are times we made choices we deeply wish we had not made.
“Remember who you are.” Those words echo through my soul during the season of Lent. This year the challenge to remember who I am is coupled with the vision of the Desert Southwest Conference. You know the vision statement: We are called to be a courageous church: loving like Jesus, acting for justice, united in hope.
I love the season of Lent. Lent is a period of time in the church when we reflect on our lives, how we live our baptismal covenant and what it means to be forgiven, what it means to have the opportunity for second chances, and new beginnings.
As our denomination focuses on decisions to be made at General Conference in May, our churches have set their attention firmly on the call of God to be in ministry with the least of these. What follows is a powerfully touching story about the value of one life and the congregation that surrounded him.