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Lent- new life 2017




Lent 2017 is just beginning.  As I write this the sun is shining, the spring flowers are just beginning to show, the first daffodils have come out and it really feels like spring is in the air.

We have had a quiet start to the year.  A new sister, Janette has joined the house team and we are looking forward to peaceful, and blessed Lent.

Lent isn't just about giving up chocolate, booze, crisps, Netflix or Facebook, or anything else for that matter.  Giving up something is really only to make space in our lives for something else...more fruit and veg, more exercise, more real time spent with friends and family, more reading. more prayer, more solitude and silence. 

Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, in solitude and silence, preparing himself for his ministry.  Lent is an opportunity for us to withdraw, to have more space, fewer distractions.  It's a time when we can spiritually spring clean, clear out all those habits that lead us to spiritual death.  It's a time to reconnect with our loving God who wants to bless with his loving presence.




Stones into Bread

The fountain thirsts, the Bread is hungry here,

The Light is dark, the Word without a voice.

When darkness speaks it seems so light and clear.

Now he must dare, with us, to make a choice.

In a distended belly's cruel curve

He feels the famine of the ones who lose,

He starves for those whom we have forced to starve,

He chooses now for those who cannot choose.

He is the staff and sustenance of life,

He lives for all from one sustaining Word,

His love still breaks and pierces like a knife

The stony ground of hearts that never shared.

God gives through him what Satan never could;

The broken bread that is our only food.

Malcolm Guite from "The word in the wilderness"




Posted On: 02/03/2017