I have recently been given a well-
On the first page, she writes.....
‘His thoughts said, I have been reading a spiritual book and I am confused and tired with trying to understand.
His Father said, Leave that book and read the Book that thou lovest best; thou wilt find it much simpler.’
A timely thought, perhaps, as the beginning of March also heralds the start of Lent; a time when once again, the shelves of Christian book shops are bowing under the weight of a vast number of books, written specifically to provide a platform to disturb and challenge our understanding; to get us thinking. Whatever our tradition or preference, Lent is a time when we are encouraged to reflect upon the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness; tempted by the devil and surely challenged on every level of his being. It is a time when we are called to reflect upon what Jesus’s response would be to the wilderness places not only in our own lives but in the context of the wider world.
Although we don’t have to have a new book to help us do that, a different and new perspective can open our minds and enrich our thinking.
I offer you two alternatives, firstly I have on order the Archbishop of Canterbury’s book entitled; ‘Dethroning Mammon; Making money serve grace.’ In it Justin Welby looks at the contentious issues of money and materialism; the Cross of Christ ie the Cross of Wood, versus the Cross of Mammon, the Cross of Gold. A second option is to join others across the Caterham Team to study a course tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East entitled ‘Moving the Margins’.
Engaging with either of these titles will inevitably push the boundaries of our understanding and I don’t for one minute imagine that either will be an easy or comfortable read. In fact, I’m sure that many will, in the words of Miss Carmichael, feel ‘confused and tired with trying to understand’.
There to encourage and challenge our way of thinking, some books will help whilst others will only hinder us and weigh us down. In her ‘godly response’ whilst giving us permission to put such books aside, Miss Carmichael gently reminds us not to become idle but to ‘Read the Book that thou lovest best;’ and by that I believe she is referring to God’s word. The holy scriptures are there to enlighten our thinking as we confront the issues we encounter and find ourselves in wilderness places. During this period of Lent as we read and pray together or alone let us ask God to enrich our lives with new understanding and grace.
Revd Frany Long
Making time to pray together on the
first Wednesday of the month
No meeting in March (Ash Wednesday)
Wednesday 5th April
Wednesday 3rd May
Led by Rev. Frany Long
The Beacon -
Wednesdays in Lent
in St. Lawrence’s Church
This year the subject will be
the Church in the Middle East.
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