Singing the Lenten Blues

As a fan of college basketball I love March Madness. It’s when the best teams in the country compete for the national title. When Wisconsin destroyed the hopes of Villanova, a number 1 seed, I was so excited, so worked up, I found myself screaming at my television. And then I remembered reading a comment made by an Anglican bishop. He mused, “When St. Paul visited Thessalonica, there was a riot and he was accused of turning the world upside down (see Acts 17:1-10).  But when I make visits there is usually a polite tea party.”

Since we are currently observing Lent my thoughts have turned inward, in self-examination.

  • I’m wondering why it seems like I am more excited about a college basketball game than I am about our missions outreach.
  • Am I turning the world upside like St. Paul?
  • Or am I, so to speak, politely nibbling watercress and cucumber sandwiches at a tea party?
  • When Jesus preached the people in his hometown tried to throw him off a cliff to his death.
  • And when I preach…well, I am in no danger.

So I wonder, am I singing:

Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart

Or are the Righteous Brothers scolding me:

You lost that lovin’ feelin’

Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’

You lost that lovin’ feelin’

Now it’s gone, gone, gone

Please join me in a period of self-examination and reflection? Ask yourself, as I am asking myself, “Is God still first in my life?”