Pastor Eric Elnes, author of Gifts of the Dark Wood, asks, “If you knew that today was the last day of your life, what would you say has been the significance of your life?” For some, that is an energizing question. For others, it is a question for defeatists. For all of us, though, it is a crucial question to consider through the lens of Jesus’ admonition, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?”

We spend so much time trying to fill our lives with the things that we think we need or want, but often that comes at the expense of the things that are required of us to be true followers of Jesus Christ.

This week, the second week of Lent, we will continue our journey through the Dark Wood as we take a look at the Gift of Emptiness. What does it mean to the way we live our lives and what does it mean to our discipleship journey? Come to church this Sunday and find out.

See you Sunday!

Rev. Eve Williams, Associate Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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During Lent we are doing a worship series on the Gifts of the Dark Wood and exploring how times of difficulty and failure become places that reveal insights to us about ourselves and our beliefs. Instead of living our lives trying to avoid the dark places, we learn to see and receive their gifts to us. Uncertainty abounds in our world, given the realities of economics, politics, terrorism, and our increasingly fragile planet. We want to cultivate a strong and durable trust in God as we face uncertain times. We want to discover a way to receive and understand the insights from uncertainty as life unfolds for us. Join us Sunday for our Lenten worship series and the gifts that will come to each of us as we journey to the cross and Easter.

Read More about Gifts of the Dark Wood and the Lenten season at PVUMC.

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