Into the dark world
a snowdrop comes,
a blessing of hope and peace
carrying within it a green heart:
symbol of God’s renewing love.
Come to inhabit our darkness, Lord Christ,
for dark and light are alike to you.
May nature’s white candles of hope
remind us of your birth
and lighten our journey
through Lent and beyond.
Well in the last month it feels like we have experienced three seasons in one. We started February with snow and ended in shorts and t-shirts! Hopefully we can settle back into spring weather as it should be at this time of year. This week we enter the church season of Lent, a word that means ‘Spring’.
In the history of the Church, Lent was the time for preparation and teaching of those to be baptised at Easter and a season of fasting and penitence for those who were to be readmitted to communion following exclusion for speaking against God or the church. In time, the whole Christian Community was invited to join them in study and fasting.
Whether we choose to give something up, or be more intentional in our service to others, it is a time to reflect on our life as Disciples (followers of Christ) and an opportunity to renew our discipline of prayer and study of God’s word in Scripture. That may sound a bit grand and holy, but it is just about getting closer to God, to a God who knows us and loves us and wants the opportunity to show us. But being human, we are easily distracted by life… so lent gives us 40 days to try a little harder, to put ourselves out a bit, to think a little less about us and more about God. And it is a time when we do that together.
I would really like to encourage you to join a lent group this year, we have tried to provide different days and times (please contact the office for more details) but if there isn’t anything to suit you, please talk to me or Chris and we will see what we can do. If you can’t get to a group, why not ask for a copy of the book so that you can read and pray along with us.