The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
There is something magical about that anticipation. All is dark, all is still. But light and activity and sound are all about to begin stirring. Soon people and animals will be flitting from place to place and from task to task.
Lent has been called a season of darkness. A time to reflect on sin and its dread costs. It is a somber time. A time of quiet reflection and repentance. A time shrouded in mists and fog.
But it is temporary. It is like the last, coldest quiet of morning. The sun shall rise. The day shall break. Soon all will be light and sound and activity.
Because Lent leads to Easter. We fast for six weeks so that we can feast more joyfully; we forego our Alleluias so that we can shout them all the louder. Just as darkness gives way to morning, Lent gives way to Easter.
This life is itself a Lenten season. By God’s plan, we are not yet able to fully partake in His feast. We cannot yet see clearly. We cannot shout and sing with full joy. Our light is mingled with darkness and our hope is mingled with sorrow.
But just as darkness gives way to morning and just as Lent gives way to Easter, this life too shall give way. Whether through our own physical death or through Christ’s physical return, the day shall break, the light shall dawn, the stillness and mists shall become joyful songs and clear skies. It turns out that we are all morning people!
We are seeing this world before the light has fully dawned. We are awake while others still sleep.
Sometimes, it feels more like we are “mourning people,” with lives filled by grief or hurt or regret. Sometimes, it can feel like we’ve fooled ourselves. Like the sky isn’t really starting to lighten, like the season of suffering will not end. But we are given God’s Word, a light in the darkness: “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”
Jesus has come. God loved us so much that He separated us from our sin, died under its weight, buried it with Him and rose victorious over sin, death, and the devil. The night will give way to day. The Lenten fast to the Easter feast. This earthly struggle to our heavenly promise.
Mourning shall pass with the morning.
The day is surely coming. And until that day, may God grant us His truth to know our sins, His forgiveness as we confess them, His hope in our suffering, and His assurance that He shall be our light forever.
May you have a blessed end to your Lenten season and a joyful Easter dawn!
Pastor Rob Morris
About Our Pastor Rob Morris:
Pastor Rob Morris has just celebrated his sixth year with us having moved here to Newtown on New Years Eve 2011. Pastor Rob comes to us having earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA.
Prior to serving at Christ the King, he was a full-time staff member at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA, focusing on both the youth and worship ministries. In the Fall of 2011, he attended one semester at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pastor Morris is joyfully married to his high school sweetheart, Christy, and July 2014 marked their 13th wedding anniversary. They have been entrusted with two wonderful boys, Elijah (who turned 11 in March of 2017) and Isaiah (who turned eight in January of 2017). As a family, they love to hike, bike, explore, read, and play music together.
In his free time, Pastor Morris loves reading, playing music (guitar, bass, drums, piano, and a smattering of other instruments), and both road and mountain biking.
Though the journey to serving at Christ the King was not a traditional one, Pastor Morris is excited to serve in such a warm and vibrant congregation. He says, “Christ the King is the perfect name for this ministry, for it is Christ who reigns by grace through his Word and Sacraments. It is also the perfect name because Christ’s reign is extended by the faithful service of his saints here at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT and around the world.”