The Courage to Ask Good Questions
We are into the second week of our Lenten “courage” theme. This week we ponder the story of Nicodemus taking his good questions to Jesus in the dark of night.
Nicodemus was a Pharisee, and the Pharisees thought Jesus was a bad influence on the people. None the less, Nicodemus was curious and he wanted to learn more. He went to Jesus at night so no one would see him. Then he listened to Jesus talk about life, faith, spirit, and the kingdom of God.
It takes courage for anyone to go into the night and seek answers to curious questions. This week I was remembering a night time experience I had as a leader at a Youth Retreat many years ago. We were at a retreat centre on the edge of a lake, far away from the lights of the city. One night my co-leader took us outside for night games. I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing, but managed to summon my courage and away we went.
At first we couldn’t see anything in the dark, but gradually our eyes became accustomed to it and the detail of the woods was revealed to us as we stood in the stillness of the night. Sometimes the nighttime can reveal a completely different perspective on the familiar things we know by day. I wonder what you have learned in your nighttime experiences that has given you a different perspective on life, faith, and our relationship with the mysteries of creation.
Come on and join us on our Lenten trek, and bring your good questions to explore. This Sunday at our AGM, following a shorten service, we will celebrate all we have done over the past year, and set the course for what is to come in the year ahead. Your vote and participation in our future direction is very important. I hope to see you there.
Peace and joy,