I know we always say it, but where has the beginning of the year gone? The Season of Lent is here…already, I remember thinking oh Easter is quite late this year but here we are. Lent as many of you know is a time that we set aside to reflect on our lives, both with God and with each other. It is a time of apology to God, if things feel not as they should be, but not staying in a place of guilt, when we recognise where or what it is we may be struggling with, allowing ourselves to open up to God in preparation for his transformation.
Because that is what happens whoever opens themselves up and believes in Jesus is transformed not over night, but over time. One of my favourite worship songs has just these lyrics.
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy
It’s like a prayer with words that people can sing over and again, similar to a Taize chant. But look what they say, “Open the eyes of my heart, because I want to see you”. What do I want to see? God high in importance in my life and lifted up with awe and reverence in His magnificence by myself and all His children in His world which He has so beautifully and marvellously created. I want to see His power and love pouring out over this broken world, and for us to bask in His holiness, grace mercy and mystery. So that we as Jesus says can be salt and light to those around us, whoever they may be and to live our lives in freedom and abundance that is only found in His love.
Over the Lenten Season, churches in our area will be holding services and could I encourage us to reflect on these five questions:
- Is there something in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart, or loving my neighbour as myself?
- Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness from or be reconciled too?
- What do I need to let go of, so that I can draw closer to God?
- What can I add to my life, such as prayer, stillness, reflective time on verses of the bible, which will help us all to keep our focus on God, rather just on ourselves?
- But the most important question I think that we need to consider is this. When I wake up on Easter Sunday morning, how will I be different?
I pray that this Lent may be for all of us, a time for renewal, a time for reflection and a time for growth in our relationship with God as we take the time to reflect on what God is seeking to do in each of our lives, for which of course we owe all the thanks to His Son who is our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Love Rev Eileen