Giving Up Ourselves for Lent

As we look towards a new week, half term holidays that will bring rest to some and a busy time for others we also begin Lent.

Tuesday will be full of the smells of pancakes cooking and for some Wednesday will be the start of a commitment to give up a luxury.

In the church we will begin Lent with Ashes, a reminder of our mortality and a commitment to come closer to God.

For you it may be wine or chocolate that has to be given up for 40 days and 40 nights, it may be Facebook or some other luxury.

I wonder if lent could be time to do something special this year. Recognising that we are all made in the image of God it could be time to make a real effort to put others before ourselves, to give up having our own way quite so much.

I wonder if we all spent 40 days putting others first what changes we would see in our families, our communities and our city.

In Phillipians 2:3 St Paul reminds us “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

In Matthew 20:27 we listen in to Jesus talking to his disciples “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave”

So as for me I will be trying to give up putting my needs before others- why not join me?

The Reverend David Tolhurst, Vicar

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