We talked yesterday about preparing to enter into the wilderness at Lent to create some space and to seek repentance and humility. You can find the talk on the resources page. And whether you are planning to give something up, or take up some practical discipline our hope is that this is restorative for us as individuals and community.

The book that I recommended is by Henri Nouwen, called reaching out. Amazon are suddenly out of stock (it must be a Lent favourite) but you can get it from their new and used section for as little as £2.77

So Lent starts on Wednesday, we are going to begin with and Ash Wednesday Service at 7.45pm at Church.

A few people are talking about blogging their Lent experiences.
Matt Wall for one:

“I was struck by how Lent should be a positive time; a time of ‘realignment’ if you like; a time of choosing freedom over slavery. I’m not quite clear on what that means yet but I feel invigorated by the idea of leaving my self behind and focusing on God…The whole idea is to cease trying to be God and start deferring to the real one, so honesty not false holiness is the name of the game – so this may not amount to a hill of beans. We’ll see.

How are you planning to mark these 40 days?

2 thoughts on “Lent

  1. Tearfund carbon fast

    The above is a link to something which i got through on email this morning! The Bishop of London is doing it apparantly!

    Anyway I thought it looked pretty achievable and it is the sort of thing i could probably then get into the habit of doing all the time which would be no bad thing for the climate!

  2. I can highly recomend H.Nouwens book. I read it a while back and it has informed much of my thinking about lonliness and hospitality. Here’s a quote I like:
    ‘Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them a space where change can take place.’

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