This morning is the first Sunday of Lent – our journey together to Easter has begun! At our Ash Wednesday service this week we talked about how Christians traditionally practice various spiritual disciplines during Lent – some will fast (give something up), others will take on a new practice for the six week period. Whatever we do, we don’t want to do this to impress others, or satisfy the inner critic within ourselves. Instead we’re invited to come closer by the God who believes in us, roots for us, and whispers over us “this is my beloved child – I am so proud of you!”
There will be many opportunities to draw closer to this gracious God during Lent:
the gospel readings for this season invite us to choose life and you may want to aim to be in worship every Sunday in this season as your Lenten practice;
many of our home groups are starting a fantastic Lenten series this week based on Adam Hamilton’s book The Walk (contact details of home group leaders are on the notice board in the foyer if you’d like to join a group for the course. You may also phone the church office if you need help choosing a group);
we heard the story last Sunday of early African Christians wearing a path through the bush to their daily place of prayer – perhaps this Lent is a chance for you to renew a daily prayer practice.
it may also be that you are in a difficult place at the moment where even these ideas seem too hard. Could a short daily walk or time sitting in silence be a life-giving practice for you?
Whatever Lent looks like for you, can I encourage you to be intentional in making this season significant and listening for the God who continuously calls your name.