The sign on Highway 28 in front of the Lutheran Church in Norwalk reads, “Now Open between Christmas and Easter”. The sign, which is changed about every two to three weeks, always has a way of making me say, “Amen”.
As we journey together in a Season of Prayer, it is good to declare “God is good all the time; and all the time our prayers are in order”. The church is open and all are welcome. The church is open, so we can get out and engage a bruised world with prayer and love.
My mother recently sent me some devotional writings on prayer in preparation for Lenten sermons. One writer wrote that “the early church stated that the work of the aged is to love and to pray”. Most of us are living with an unbalanced diet of more worry and anger, than prayer and love. I have no more important work than to love and pray.
Remember, we are not in this life alone. Paul’s words in Romans 8:26 are helpful and powerful. “The spirit of Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death,” Romans 8:2. We are free to encourage and help one another, as we are being helped to strengthen our prayer life today.
“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words,” Romans 8:26.
The church is open between Christmas and Easter and after Easter. Are we open for prayer?