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Joseph of Nazareth, often "the forgotten man" in early Christian history, comes to life in the compelling historical novel,
The Joseph Dialogues.
At a time when Caesar Augustus has a firm grip on the Roman Empire, Alexios, a prominent tree farmer in Syria, befriends Joseph, a young carpenter from Galilee.
For forty years their friendship deepens and the purchase of lumber becomes secondary to their far-reaching dialogues about family, faith, and politics. Alexios, a widower at an early age, listens to news of of Joseph's puzzling delayed marriage
to Mary and the subsequent births of their children. Joseph in turn is a strong support to Alexios in times of grief.
The Joseph Dialogues is the third novel in The Holy Family trilogy. Though it is fiction, the novel will give all readers a new appreciation of Joseph as a profoundly spiritual man who had a marked influence on his son, Jesus, in a turbulent time.
First Presbyterian Church, Frankfort, (416 W. Main St., Frankfort, KY) will be offering a meditation during the season of Lent. We will meet in the church’s social hall Monday through Friday at 12:15 p.m. for a 45 minute reflection. You are invited to bring your lunch – water and coffee will be provided. This meditation is open to the community and begins on Thursday, February 11 and goes through Friday, March 18. If you are unable to participate every day, you are welcome to drop in as your schedule permits.
Dear Members of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery,
“What are you going to give up for Lent?”
The usual suspects come to mind: chocolate, coca-cola, caffeine, smart phones or social-networking sites.
The whole point here is that you and I, Christ-followers all over the world should give up, deny ourselves something fun, something enjoyable, something pleasurable over the forty days of Lent so that we can better identify with the pain and suffering of Jesus who underwent all manner of abuse, mistreatment and even death for our sakes.
Giving up something maybe a good idea if you and I are caught in gluttonous behaviors. Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins after all.
However, I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider a different understanding of “giving up” this Lent.
I’m not sure how helpful giving up chocolate and the likes are in connecting with Jesus and his suffering. In some ways I think it devalues Jesus’ suffering when Christians compare a 40 day caffeine craving with being nailed to a cross and dying.
No, for me the truth about Lent is that Jesus came not so that you and I could deny ourselves life’s little pleasures but so that we could let go of life’s burdens. Jesus came to save us from our sins, from our brokenness, from our misguided relationships, from those heavy things that we find ourselves carrying day in and day out:
Lent is about coming face to face with and then letting go of the situations, attitudes, people, relationships, fears, that drag us down, that gnaw away at us, that hinder us from real life – abundant life – with Jesus, ourselves, our neighbors, and our world.
So, friends, it’s Lent. The spiritual discipline is before us, and the question is, “What are you, what are the congregations of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, giving up so that we can experience the abundance of life in Christ?”