Ministers March 2020 Message
March 01, 2020
Since early times Lent, which begins on 26th February this year, has been a time of preparation that looks forward to Easter and a time when people give things up, such as chocolate, cakes, sweets or alcohol and sometimes something different like watching television or buying something new to wear. The idea of giving something up is meant to be a way of identifying with Jesus experience in the wilderness for 40 days as he prepared for his public ministry.
Giving things up, when we have plenty of things available to us is a valuable thing to do; it reminds us of what is truly necessary in our lives and it reminds us of the plenty and the choices that we have. However, we could also consider taking up something extra to do for Lent like reading a Christian book, or a book of the bible or attending the Lenten Sunday Night Series – ‘Exploring the God Question’. We could also make a point of visiting or calling someone each week that we haven’t been in contact with for a while or we could say a new prayer each morning to focus our day and our life on God.
A few weeks ago, in church, I mentioned the daily prayer of Fr Mychal Judge, a Franciscan priest and fire chaplain in New York who was killed by falling debris whilst kneeling to pray with someone who was dying on the street. Perhaps we might make his prayer our daily one during Lent:
Lord take me where you want me to go
Let me meet who you want me to meet
Tell me what you want me to say
And keep me out of your way
Whatever you decide to do, or not do this Lent may it be a grace filled and blessed time.
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