Dear Friends

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert...” Luke 4:1

Spring is now upon us, and as you read this we have left Christmas far behind and are now travelling through the season of Lent – towards Easter.

The forty days of Lent are to mirror the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert before he began his ministry. During that time he focused on his mission and on God. The devil tempted him to turn away from God. The season of Lent is often described as a time of repentance – which simply means turning back. So during Lent we are called to turn back towards God, and to consider our Christian lives and where they are going.

There are all sorts of ways that we can do this. We can be still and be silent, we can pray, we can read our Bibles. Some of us may wish to engage in some sort of study, or to take up a charitable project. All these things are useful in our attempts to put God at the centre of our lives.

I’d like to suggest one other activity that you might like to try this Lent. It’s simple, and yet it is something that many of us never do. Have a go at counting your blessings – make a list of all the good things in your life, all the things that you are thankful for. Too often in our lives we focus on what we don’t have, rather than on what we do. If we can be more aware of all those positive things that we are a part of, then our journey through Lent will be far more joyful – and may lead us closer to God.

And one final thing – don’t forget the bowl of water in the Prayer Corner, with the glass beads by the side. Why not put a bead into the water, or maybe more than one – each bead symbolises a need or a blessing – a prayer of petition or of thanksgiving.