Make your ways known to me, God; teach me your paths. – Psalm 25: 4
Early “Christians” were called “Followers of the Way” before they were ever called Christians (Acts 9: 2). They were committed to learning and following the way that Jesus taught and lived. Lent is a time for reflection about what it means to be “Followers of the Way.” We remember that God is with us every step, wherever the pathways of our life take us. Lent is also a time to consider our journey of faith and explore how we can follow Jesus more closely.
After Jesus’ baptism, he went on a pilgrimage into the wilderness and faced all kinds of temptations that face us, including the temptation to stray from the path that God intended. Sometimes we travel the opposite direction from where God is calling us to go. Sometimes we get turned around and go the wrong way and need help to head in the right direction; sometimes we get lost. Lent is a time to stop to get the maps out, to assess the path we’re on, and to make corrections when we’ve wandered off course. Even if it feels we have hit a dead end and all the roads seem closed, Christ opens up new ways for us. So “Followers of the Way,” I invite you on a pilgrimage to consider how we can follow Jesus’ way more closely and explore the paths where God might be leading us. May God’s traveling mercies be with us all.