SWC - Newsletter 7 - Lent Reflection

Home » News » Newsletter 7 - Lent Reflection

South Warwickshire Circuit
Newsletter Number 7

 

Lent Reflection--by Rev Jemima Strain

 

Slow Down

My spiritual director once said to me, 'perhaps this lent could be a spa of rest for your soul'.

Lent is the time where we Christians remember Jesus in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights without food where he was tempted and tested.

I want to live in the joy, praise and resurrection of Easter and in the past I have struggled with worship during lent. But this lent enables us to hold the pain, trauma and grief that we will inevitably go through and acknowledge it rather than suppress it. Then we can recognise how we are ultimately transformed through the love of Christ into a new resurrection identity.

Over time I've come to value lent in new ways. It's a place where we focus time and commitment. It enables us to step back from the usual habits and distractions and give particular attention and space for God.

I guess I don't always give up the traditional things as a consequence. In a culture obsessed with beauty I once challenged myself to give up makeup and another year my hair straighteners. A simple challenge not to depend on these things, an outward restraint can be a symbol of inner attention.

Other years my life has been so full of noise, a lent away from social media has been the place where I've tried to create some quiet without the constant companion of filtered smiles.

And there have been the traditional years of fasting and prayer. A friend told me she was going to give up single use plastics and buy nothing new for the whole of lent.

I guess my question is:

  • what would be something that would change your daily habits?
  • And how might we use lent to draw closer to God?

    To read all the articles in newsletter 7, click here.

    You may also be interested in

    Crucifixion
    Webteam: Fri 02 Apr 12:00am

    DesolationOh why have you forsaken meMy God, my God, he criedThe desolation of the cryand with that thought he diedAnd did he know what it would cost — to carry all that sin?when in the garden, close to tearshe said 'OK, you win''I'll do your will. I'll drink the cupthe cup that you've prepared.I'll take the vile and cruel cross...

    Run the Wall - Amos Trust
    Webteam: Wed 17 Mar 12:05pm

    Run the Wall :Rachel Hextall is joining with other runners from Palestine and around the world to cover the 750km length of the Israeli separation wall over the weekend of 26 — 27 March 2021. She will be running 10km one day and Nordic walking 11km the next — to make up a half marathon distance. She only took up running in January 2020 and has never run this far before!The event will raise...

    CTL Quilt Square 1
    Webteam: Tue 02 Feb 10:39am

    A QUILT OF HOPE IN A YEAR OF QUARANTINE MADE BY CHURCHES TOGETHER IN LEAMINGTON This is an exciting project organised by Church Together in Leamington, which aims to record how people spent lockdown and the things that came out of the pandemic.All the churches in the Churches Together in Leamington group have been invited to take part but it is also open to anyone else who would like to...