“We are beggars, this is true.”

As far as we know, these are the last words written by the great reformer, Dr. Martin Luther. Two days before his death on February 18, 1546, Luther one more time made the point that all we have to offer God is our sinfulness. Yet our compassionate heavenly Father, by His unimaginable grace, gives us everything and forgives us our sin for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ.

That’s what Lent is about. It’s about us beggars being given absolutely everything because of the cross of Jesus. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are the words we beggars hear at the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. “It is finished” is what we beggars hear from our Savior on Good Friday. During this season of Lent we remember that Christ lived and died to redeem us from sin. And He did it for the whole world. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, our beggar lives are renewed. On Easter morning we beggars call out “He is risen! I know that my Redeemer lives.”

At Peace let’s walk this Lenten journey together toward the empty tomb and raise our Alleluias to our risen Lord on Easter morning and throughout eternity.

Polly Wegner
Dir. of Discipleship

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