Turn away from sin,
embrace God’s hopes for you, and live your life, to the full.
The commendation above was shared this morning at our first Ash Wednesday gathering of the day, reminding us all that Lent is a time to “clear the decks" and focus on the things of God. The ash reminds us of our mortality, and so the charge to embrace God, living life to the full, acknowledges that life is precious. Instead of the usual sharing of “things we are giving up for Lent”, we thought through the God-given things that enliven us, with an encouragement to seek them out during the period of Lent. It might be reading, being creative, serving others, listening to God and others, or simply taking time to appreciate fully functioning bodies and minds. What ever it is for you personally, please be encouraged to embrace it all the more in season of Lent.
Some folk find the opportunity to prayerfully focus on a book over Lent, a particular help to their Lentern devotions. This year, a number of us in church, both individually, and as a group will be using the modern classic “Return of the Prodigal”, based around the famous painting by Rembrant. I have some good 2nd hand copies of the book available at £6 should you want your own copy, and we will also be following a guided Lent course of 5 sessions using material from the book (tho' you do not need to have read it, to participate) starting Monday 2nd March, 7.30pm at church - all, of course are most welcome.
However you choose to use the opportunities found within Lent, I pray that it will be as satisfying and joyful experience, as was also enjoyed at the pancake party held here yesterday evening. A huge thanks to those who worked so hard to put it on.