• By: Pastor Betsy Dart

  • A student came to the office of his mentor asking "How can I grow in wisdom and faith?" "Excellent question," replied the pastor. "Would you like a cup of tea?" Puzzled at the response, the student nonetheless held out his cup as the teacher poured from the teapot. The mentor filled the cup and continued to pour while the tea spilled onto the floor. The surprised student exclaimed, "Stop, no more will fit into this cup!" "Ahh," said the teacher. "This is the beginning of wisdom. You cannot fit more into a cup that is already full of itself. You have to make room."

    Uncommon Sense has been the focus of our Lenten season as we too seek for wisdom and faith. Have you thought about the ways God reveals more of Himself to you through your senses? Have you spent time with the daily devotional either in the booklet or on-line? Those who seek new ways to sense God’s presence make room for God to come in. You will find a fountain of wisdom and faith through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    During Lent, many give up something as part of a spiritual discipline. This is helpful as long as it helps you to make room in your life for God's presence to come in a new and deeper way. Soon the very special time of Holy Week will be upon us. Make room in your schedule to attend worship with your friends and neighbors on Palm Sunday, on Maundy Thursday, on Good Friday and on Easter. Invite someone else to share the wonder of this week when we consider with awe the passion of our Lord and His in-credible love for us.

    Whenever you make room in your busy life for worship and prayer, the blessings of God will overflow with an abundance of hope and peace. I have just re-turned from serving as a Spiritual Director on a Via De Cristo retreat and have found a deep renewal in the soul that helps me with the challenges of my life. During the last weekend in March other women from our congregation will be serving on another women’s weekend. Next November there will be another opportunity for this special time of spiritual refreshment. Talk to me about other ways to find refreshment for your soul and energy for life. Jesus invites you, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."