Ash Wednesday (February 13th) marks the beginning of Lent. The very word Lent means spring or springtime and just as in spring it is traditional to plant seeds and bury them in the darkness of the ground, so too Lent is a time when we plant ourselves in God and focus on and repent on the darkness in ourselves and in our world. It is a time of opportunity when through repentance, prayer, study, fasting and reflection that our lives can become transformed both inwardly, outwardly and towards our world and so enable us to become the people God has called and created us to be.
Perhaps you might consider doing something different from the norm during Lent … here’s a couple of suggestions:
Make time to read a Christian book
Here are some suggested titles
Abiding by Ben Quash ~ the Anglican Church recommended Lent 2013 book. It asks the question, what does it mean ‘to abide’ with Christ in the places we live, in our communities, relationships and one’s own mind and body.
Love Set Free by Martin L Smith. Meditations on the passion according to St John.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, martyr, prophet, spy. The biography of an extraordinary man with an amazing faith that stood against the evil of the day. One quote sums up Bonhoeffer’s life: ‘Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act’.
Not by Bread Alone by Bishop Robert F Morneau. Daily reflection resource, with scripture reading suggestions, prayer and thought for the day, to use during lent.
All are available to buy and ship, or to download on kindle (just click on the titles to find them on Amazon)
Lent Study Group
There will be a Lent group gathering for study, fellowship, prayer and reflection, looking at the book of Jonah: a Rebellious Prophet.
It will meet at Raha Beach Al Zeina between 7:30pm and 9.30pm on 18th and 25th February, 4th, 11th and 18th March.
Contact Rev. Gill Nisbet for further details and directions: firstname.lastname@example.org