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Lent 2013

Towards the end of 2012 I started reading Emma Scrivener’s blog A New Name and found it hugely encouraging, informative and thought-provoking. I then started to subscribe to a few other blogs, by New Year, I was wondering if I could write my own blog, adding to this blog which has been so quiet over the years. Well it didn’t happen. At church last sunday we were taught that lent is about giving up or taking up, a still small voice within me said – Blog, so here I am, attempting to blog every day through lent, and then hopefully continue some pattern of blogging after lent.

I am also re-attempting to read The way of the desert by Andrew Watson (Bishop of Aston) – its brilliant, really nicely written, but I just didn’t manage to stick the 40 days last year.

What are you doing for lent?

It’s a bit late but you could

I’d love to hear how you are drawing closer to God this lent and changing your community.

Building on the rock or the sand

I love www.wordlive.org It is an online resource by Scripture union that helps you to read the bible. Instead of bible notes, you can choose to have a daily email of preparation, scripture, explanation and response, a podcast or go online to get an alternative more creative approach to the same scripture, or to meditate on it using the lectio divina option. In January I bought their CD of podcasts to play in my car. Recently I listened to the one about the Wise man building his house on the rock and the foolish man building his house on the sand (Matthew 7:24-27)

In the talk after the reading, the speaker reflected..

 It is hard drilling down through rock,

so the man building on sand probably got his house up first.

Passers-by would have said the first builder was pretty slow!

It was only when the storm came that people saw it had been

worth that extra time and effort to build on rock.

Take some time now to consider the kind of foundation

that you are building your life upon.

Is it the Word of God that underpins everything you do?

Building on God’s foundations will take time,

but when the weather gets rough you will realise it was worth the effort.

I often feel like I am so behind in the race of life. I don’t have the job I would have imagined I would have by now, I’m not married, no children, no morgage. Yet God has been using the years thus far to help me put down deep roots into Him. Learning lessons of trusting in his faithfulness, his provision, his love for me, going down to the depths, not just staying on the mountain top. Learning what community should and shouldn’t look like. Learning that God can still use me at my lowest and weakest. 

And so perhaps, the hard path God has led me through in order to put down roots into Him is a bit like the man who spent longer digging foundations into the rock. He would have looked like he was behind in the race too, yet when the storms came, his extra time of preparation would have been shown to be of great worth when his home stayed standing. Hopefully in the future I will look back and see how the extra years of preparation, stand me in good stead through the storms.

Wordlive are retelling the christmas story on their alternative stream this year, look them up at http://www.wordlive.org/Advent/216971.id

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