Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

Lent Reflection

Home » News » Lent Reflection

I often tell the story of how my son, when aged 6, was asked what he was giving up for lent. Without a moment of hesitation, he replied, 'Vegetables!' So often the season of Lent has been condensed to be just about 'giving something up' yet it is about so much more. Lent is a time of the year when the Christian Church reflects on the last days of Jesus' earthly life, his struggles within and with those around him; his courageous decision to hand himself over to others so that we might know the deep and unconditional love of God for ourselves.

In years past, Lent was a time of repentance, of turning your back on sin and seeking God, however most of us aren't really dreadful sinners, are we? So, what does Lent mean for us? Perhaps our lives are a bit like a house whose occupants have gone away for a while — everything is quite neat and tidy but there is a film of dust over everything — the dust that takes the spiritual lustre from our lives. It is the dust of complacency, of apathy, it is dust that accumulates when we are too busy to care, it is the dust of unattended relationships, withheld apologies, face-saving untruths, small moral lapses, the suppression of our spiritual yearning, our terrible hunger for God, for meaning and love.

Lent therefore is the time to recognize the dust that has accumulated in our lives, and, through prayer & reflection, to allow ourselves to 'be dusted', refreshed, and renewed.

The point of a spring clean is that it offers us a new beginning, a changed house, a renewed sense of purpose. Lent, then, isn't just about inward reflection but outward change and action. Having cleaned away the dust, how might my house be a place of hospitality, welcome and care? How might I live a little differently in my care of others and the planet?

Although Lent is a time of self-appraisal and challenge of the status quo it should ultimately lead to Easter transformation for ourselves and those around us. So, this Lent, don't just give up chocolate or cake but think about how you might change one thing in your life that will bring hope to another. For then the joy of Easter becomes a living reality.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

AMC quiz night 4
Pauline Noble: Fri 23 Aug 5:00am

Here is a date for your diary — a Quiz Night for Action for Children on Saturday 12th October 2019 starting at 7.00pm. Tickets are £8 each and will be available now from Pauline Noble 484940. The ticket price INCLUDES a PLOUGHMAN'S & SOFT DRINKS IN THE INTERVAL Bring your own nibbles and soft drinks to have at your table COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN! TABLES OF 6 (max 8) Make up a...

AMC Richard & Louise
Posted: Thu 22 Aug 5:00am

You are warmly invited to attend the Welcome Service for Rev. Richard Atkinson as Superintendent Minister for the Circuit and Minister at Aylesbury Methodist Church on this Saturday 24th August at 4pm at the Aylesbury church. The service will be led by Rev Donna-Marie Broadbent-Kelly and Rev Keith Edwards. Rev'd. Canon Helen D Cameron, District Chair, Northampton District of the...

AMC Karen K
Karen Crussell & Ken Harris: Wed 21 Aug 5:00am

The October 9th AMC Church Council will be considering a proposal, 'FRIDAY FOOD', to use our Welcome Space to provide a warm welcome and hot nutritious meal to rough sleepers and other vulnerable adults in our community. This would start in November, initially until March 2020 (and then to be reviewed), and would happen at 6pm on a Friday evening for about 90 minutes. It is an important...