What is Lent?
If you are of my generation, Lent was a time when our mothers ‘Spring cleaned’ the house from top to bottom; curtains were taken down and washed, every inch of paintwork was scrubbed, cupboards were cleaned - with everything in them washed and replaced.
Someone recently suggested that for Christians, Lent was the same for our minds; we should remove the irrelevant and the clutter, and prepare ourselves for the great sacrifice of love Jesus showed on Good Friday, when he sacrificed HIS life for OUR sins. We often ‘give up’ something or ‘fast’ - showing our allegiance to Him.
As Pope Francis says:
Fast from hurting words and say kind words
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger and be filled with patience
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
Fast from worries and have trust in God
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy
Fast from selfishness and show compassion to all
Fast from grudges and be reconciled
Fast from words and be silent so that you can listen.
Lent leads up to earth's saddest day on Good Friday but the saddest day and happiest day were just three days apart. So please join us at any of our Lent services leading up our celebrations on Easter Sunday at 10.15 at our Resurrection Party.
God bless and a happy Easter to you all.
Rev’d Sue Deacon (Local Minister)