Well it doesn’t seem two minutes ago since we were celebrating Christmas and now Lent has suddenly arrived!
Lent is a time of penitence and preparation. It is a season of waiting for the death and the resurrection of Jesus, a time when we take stock of our own lives as Christians and seek to deny ourselves, take u our cross and follow him.
We can become so busy that we fail to put God at the centre of our lives and give him the time and attention that he deserves.
Last week I managed to find some time in my own busy life to escape to the serenity and peace of the Mount Tabor retreat house in Bellingen. It was good to take time out to focus on God, to read and prepare and to pray about the things that were on my heart and that are also on the Lord’s concern as well.
Can we be intentional with our Time as we journey through Lent this year? We will be using our pilgrim bible study series to help us to focus on not just the Ten Commandments but on the commandments that Jesus talks about in the gospels – rules that God has given us to help us live a good and fulfilling life, to live well. There are studies throughout the week Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning or Thursday afternoon and you can be sure of a warm welcome so feel free to come along.
Lent is also a time when we turn back to God and we give generously to those in need “almsgiving” as it was known in olden days.
There are always opportunities to give generously; whether it is to the ministry of Kairos in our prisons, which is our mission for the month of February, or to the mission and ministry of our church, as we face a challenging budget of $121,000 in 2016. The truth is we can never out-give God! but when we give, we are blessed in the act of doing so and God blesses us so much more than we can imagine.
My prayer is that this Lent will be a time of coming closer to God and knowing him better – I finish with the words of Isaiah:-
“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” Isaiah 55 v 6-7
Blessings for a Holy Lent