When a naval submarine finds itself broad-sided, attacked from destroyers above, there are two strategies. One strategy is turn tail and run away. The other is to turn the nose of the sub, face the threat, and run silent and run deep. By this, all unnecessary activity – mechanical and human – is stopped. Even all conversation ceases except for the barest whispers lest they be detected by the destroyers above.
There is a parallel for us this Lenten season.
I know from numerous conversations this past week that in our personal lives, our church family's life and in our denomination's life, it feels like we have been broad-sided and been left reeling. There is a natural, reactive temptation to turn and run away. However, another strategy is to turn the nose of our sub, face the threat, and run silent and run deep.
For 40 days crossed by six Sundays, we can fortify ourselves by turning off some unnecessary mechanical and human activity, be quiet, and listen for the whisper of God. I will be preaching and teaching on these various "means of grace" – activity and inactivity by which the divine Deep calls to the deep within each of us (Read Psalm 42). Jesus ran silent and ran deep in the wilderness for 40 days – fasting, praying and facing the attacks he felt in his life (Matthew 4:1-11) ... and he prevailed, just as we will.
It all begins this evening at our Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Join us at the communion rail with prayers lifted and ashes imposed upon our foreheads as we run silent and run deep together toward Easter triumph.