Into a dark world
a snowdrop comes,
a blessing of hope and peace,
carrying within it a green heart,
symbol of God's renewing love.
Come to inhabit our darkness, Lord Christ,
for dark and light
are alike to you.
May nature's white candles of hope
remind us of your birth
and light our journey
through Lent and beyond.
It is a new season here with its fresh grace and mercy. Lent is a space for spiritual growth and stretch. It is an act of stretching which usually we do before we wake up from sleep. The word Lent itself comes from a root meaning the 'LENGTHENING' days of spring. This space is set by the church every year as an invitation. To benefit from this space, one must first accept the invitation willingly. It is an opportunity to reach down more deeply into God and His Good News and reach up to more fully into the new life it brings.
Many of us "give up" something for Lent each year. Chocolate, wine, television, Facebook. The goal of these fasts is to sit with our hungers, wants, and desires and learn what they have to teach us. What is the hunger beneath the hunger? Can we hunger and still live?
Lent is the time to listen to these inner voices and learn what we are hungry for. If we listen intently and offer ourselves and this space to God, we may hear the spirit whisper into our heart such divine invitation "come and see".
May in our giving up, being silent and slowing down, we embrace new blessings from our beloved Father, hear the voice of Christ anew, and begin a new dance with the Spirit. Let Lent in, and may the dance begin!
Please use this space of Lent as it suits you. In addition to our regular Sunday services,
we are offering Thursday quiet Communion and Lent course called character for you to use it with yourselves.