Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | February 23, 2015

The Strong Word – March 2015

 

By the time you read this article Pancake Day will have come and gone. Lent will be well underway. Easter will soon be with us.

There is always the problem that Easter overshadows the season of Lent. We are looking forward to the next Bank Holiday, and keen to get the chocolate out! We also look forward to the hour going forward and the lighter evenings. The 40 days of Lent can somehow go missing!

But Lent is an important season for the Christian. The number 40 is significant too. There were 40 days of rain in the time of Noah, 40 years wandering in the wilderness by the Children of Israel, 40 days of Elijah walking to Horeb, 40 days of Jesus in the desert tempted of the Devil. Later Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after the resurrection.

A few weeks ago, on 2nd February, we celebrated Candlemass day, winter’s mid-point, 40 days after the Birth of Jesus.

Lent is the season when we can deny ourselves, not to feel good, nor to consider ourselves better than others, but a time when we can give ourselves respite from the clamour of the world on our hearts and minds. To allow some space into which the Lord can speak. His voice is quiet and needs to be both expected and welcomed. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God” so spoke Jesus at the end of his time in the wilderness.

It seems to me that 40 days is a reasonable time to give ourselves to something without giving up, they reckon most diets end after 6 weeks!

We can all use the days remaining until Easter well. Read a chapter from a Christian book each day, pray prayers for a particular situation(s) or need(s), consider any actions or options that make us more favourable to the voice and call of the Lord, and to the work of The Lord in our Communities today? To move one step closer to God and not one step away!

The Monday afternoon House Group at Carey provides us one opportunity to focus during Lent. It is not too late to join us if you want to come along!

May we each find the blessing we need during this season of Lent.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

%d bloggers like this: