As I write this, Easter is approaching fast and, we are now in the season of Lent. What have you given up for Lent? I have to confess, I have given up nothing! Viv and I have been attending the Lent Course, which has been running each Thursday afternoon in our Sunday School Room, led by Sheila Stoneman. We thank Sheila for leading us diligently through an interesting course, from which we have both benefitted.
The course is in five sessions and we have looked at: ‘Gratitude’ (Ephesians 1:3-14); ‘The Image of God’ (Colossians 1:15-29); ‘Humility’ (Philippians 2:5-11); ‘New Birth’ (Peter 1:3-12) and ‘Word Made Flesh’ (John 1:1-14). We listened to the views of Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury, Sister Wendy Beckett and David Suchet on each of the above topics on an accompanying CD. It was very encouraging to hear, that they all had the same problems as I (we?) do in relation to issues raised by these topics. For example: humility can mean a whole range of things and is difficult to achieve; prayer is not always easy and has to be worked at; you do not have to have a ‘Eureka’ moment to become a Christian. David Suchet said he went through a step by step process in becoming a Christian and he recognises that he has had a ‘New Birth’. However, the ‘old man’ keeps on rising again and again and he has to humble himself before God and ask for forgiveness to get back on track.
Why don’t you read the Bible passages referenced above and reflect upon them, and ask yourself the question; ‘How is this passage played out in my life?’
At the Lent Lunch we heard about the work of Street Pastors, and how they are not permitted to go out without a ‘prayer team’, back at base, with whom they are in permanent contact, and are able to ask for prayer cover for specific incidences. Their experiences show how important prayer is, and they keep finding themselves in ‘the right place at the right time’! So the message is: keep praying in all circumstances.
With Christian Love, and wishing you all a Blessed Easter. Peter