Find Ways to Prepare, Reflect

40 days and 40 nights. How are you spending this time of prayer and penance? “Lent” is an old English word for “lengthen.” While 40 days may seem like a long time to give up a favorite food or habit, the word is actually in reference to the longer spring days ahead.

In the days leading up to Easter, I invite you to find ways to prepare and re ect on how you’re continuing Christ’s ministry. Also, consider the mandate given to his disciples on the night of the Last Supper to love one another. It wasn’t a request. It was a command as re ected in the name given to the Thursday before Easter- “Maundy Thursday.” The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment. If you’re looking for opportunities for inward reflection, consider centering prayer. It’s a way to deepen your relationship with God through stillness and silence.

Spring is a busy time in all of our lives with Lent and Spring Break vacations. But I have one final request to consider putting on your calendars. As I’ve mentioned in eUpdates, a stage show that I wrote makes its world premiere at the Virginia Samford Theatre March 7- 11. “Maggie’s Perfect Match” is about a busy-body matchmaker who finds out she’s dying of cancer and decides to make a final match by finding a new wife for her husband. The screenplay version won the Telluride Indiefest Screenwriting Award and the Dallas Screenwriting Award. Director Dr. Don Standley and I have been collaborating on this project for a year now. Opening night on March 7 will be a fundraiser for the Patient Assistance Fund of the Bruno Cancer Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The rest of the nights and one Sunday matinee, March 8-11, will offer tickets at regular prices. You can read more about it and purchase tickets at

All the Best,
William J. Carl III
Senior Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church Church