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In this season of Lent, we are called to repent and seek forgiveness for our short comings. We are called to have a change of heart a change of attitude as we forge through the tragedies of our days. We are called to lift our lives up to God as an offering, lest we forget the power of kneeling in prayer. 
 
Once again, It breaks my heart to write about gun violence and bullets that rained down on us and our children who are dying because of it. We talk and sing and preach about peace when there is no peace. Toxic attitudes come to kill, steal and destroy. And it is time for people of faith, and leaders of communities and everyday people to stand up and say, "Enough!"
 
I do offer prayers for the victims of the violence in yesterday’s shooting in Florida.  I challenge us to write and call our senators and congress members and ask them to do their jobs by calling for gun reform. This is a first step anyone can do!
 
In our Lenten Journey I’ve encouraged you to get the book 40 Day Journey with Parker J. Palmer. Today we begin those readings, mediations and reflections. In our reading for today Palmer hits the nail on the head he writes: “For some the contrast between God and world is so great that we abandon the spiritual quest.”  He later says, “But there is a third way to respond. A way beyond choosing either this pole or that. Let’s call it living the contradiction. Here we refuse to flee from the tension but allow that tension to occupy the center of our lives. Why would anyone walk this difficult path? Because by doing so we may receive one of the great gifts of the spiritual life – the transformation of contradiction into paradox.” (pg 20)
 
We have a tremendous opportunity to be part of the transformation not just by offering our prayer but by living them out. I hope you will join us on this journey. If you have not purchased your book you can do so on amazonsmile.com and make Valley Ministries your nonprofit. (We get credit every time you shop).  If you absolutely can’t afford to buy a book please let me know and I will help find you one.
 
God help us to live into the Truth of the Spirit
Rev Terri

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