THE RECTOR WRITES
I write this in mid-January the snowdrops are well in bud, the evenings drawing out and spring is on its way! This means that
we can start to look forward to Easter and if predictions are right and the top four vulnerable groups have indeed been vaccinated
against Covid19 by mid-February, life might be making a slow return to normal by then. But before we get to that point I fear
we have some hard times to get through with an overstretched NHS and even more physical and mental pain caused by this dreadful
Similarly, before we get to the joy of Easter
we have to go through Lent which in the Christian Church is a time of solemn observance and preparation of hearts and minds
as we prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday – the day after Pancake Day!
- and lasts for forty days. Traditionally during this time Christians would fast from meat, eggs, fat etc but now it is more
common for people to give up one ‘luxury’ such as chocolate, cake, alcohol or the like. It’s also increasingly
common for people to try and cut down on watching TV or following social media in order to give more time to drawing closer
to God through reading devotional books or attending Lent courses.
This year is obviously going to be different in that it won’t be possible to run a Lent course in the Benefice
in the normal way, although I am happy to arrange something via ‘Zoom’ if there is a call for it – please
let me know if you are interested. Alternatively I am more than happy to recommend books for reading or daily reflection;
I shall be reading the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for this year ‘Living His Story’ which explores
how we can share the extraordinary love of God with others. Or if you prefer something more practical why not use the period
of Lent to make some changes as to how you treat the planet or try to do a small act of kindness each day as a way of putting
others first in the run-up to Easter? However you decide to spend your time in Lent I pray that God will bless you as you
prepare for Easter.
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