Sermon for Lent (our brilliance & brokenness) 

Forget chocolate - Lent is about standing closer to God 

Lent is a time of deep reflection and self-examination that asks us to grow in honesty and humility—but the traditional theme of repentance is only half the story.  Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and the reminder that 'from dust you came and to dust you shall return.' Few people remember that dust is stardust, and this statement holds our finite fragility as well as our eternal greatness.  The humility of Lent demands our brilliance as well as our accounting for our brokenness.  To know God is to stand in peace with this powerful paradox.  

This recording is from a sermon I gave at Unity of North Kitsap on Sunday the 8th of March 2020.  I'd like to let you know that this church's PA system failed and I had to shout my words like an old style preacher: this creates a rather harsher tone than I would have liked.  So please in your mind, imagine a gentler, more accepting tone as you listen to my words.