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I just got back from a two-week missions trip in Cali, Colombia. While we were there we helped build a church, attended a lot of church prayer meetings and did a lot of street witnessing. I couldn’t help but notice how happy those folk were with what they had juxtaposed with how unhappy we seem to be with all we have.
This Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Traditionally on Ash Wednesday the ashes of last years Palm leaves (from Palm Sunday) are imposed upon the foreheads of those coming to the Wednesday service. Usually the service reminds us of the brevity of life, the suffering of our Savior Jesus, and calls us to a season of reflection, sacrifice and self-examination (Lent).
It doesn’t take anyone long to verify how the Romans used to typically “put out” baby girls — or occasionally baby boys for that matter. By “put out” I mean if the father of the house decided to kill a baby his wife had borne, it was “his choice” and that baby was left in garbage dumps, mountain sides, streets, back alleys or anywhere to die.
When President Obama awarded Bob Dylan the medal of Freedom, he quoted Dylan who wrote, “it’s hard to be a rebel in Hibbing, Minn., … it’s too cold.” What a great line. “It’s hard to be a rebel…” Well, not anymore my friends. I heard that word rebel again at the Baccalaureate service on Wednesday night as Pastor Dave Bostrom brought the message. Pastor Dave reminded the audience and graduates that they would be rebels in this current culture.