4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Jesus says, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Dear Friends of the City Seminary Community,
As I took walks in the snowy and rainy cold of winter, I saw the stark branches of the trees and thought about how they gave up all their beautiful leaves, then endured the harsh winter, so that they could bear flowers and new leaves in the spring. God shows us his miraculous, life-transforming power even in a seemingly stark circumstance.
This winter has also meant a year of dealing with the pandemic. We have adopted changes in many ways and become more aware of our finite and fragile existence. We are humbled by the alteration of our daily life: work, family, education, social and human relations, church ministry, etc. No matter how advanced medical science is, we cannot just fix the disease on our own timetable as we expected.
In the Christian tradition, Lent is a time of spiritual discipline for confession and repentance. We ponder Jesus’ path to the cross— how he healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, and resisted the devil’s temptations, showing us the power of spiritual discipline. As we recognize our limits and vulnerability and acknowledge our dependence on God Our Creator and sustainer, we can become the instruments for God’s transforming work on earth.
May you have a meaningful spiritual journey in Lent.
Rev. Huibing He for the Care Team