How often do we say, “I’m very well, thank you,” when we don’t feel well at all? We don’t like making ourselves vulnerable to others, and it takes quite a lot of courage to utter the truth. So, we live with the stuff that makes us not very well. And that can be a very heavy burden to bear.
The season of Lent offers us an opportunity to lay down the things that burden us. Lent is a season of safety when we can admit that not all is well. It gives us permission to review our lives and be honest about how we damage ourselves, other people, and the world we inhabit.
Jesus Christ says to us, “Come to me all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). And it is very often a visual image or sound that prompts us to explore this offer of rest and comfort.
The soul that is wearied by the effort of shutting out the hurts and fears within is unlikely to welcome more tasks, more tests, more words and instructions. It is the beauty of God’s unconditional love that comforts and releases us from what we fear.
The five sessions of this year’s Lent Course offer images, stories and prayers that speak of the God who knows us and loves us.
The title of the Course comes from the Acts of the Apostles 9:31. It is a statement about the quality of life in Christ, and the attention to the work of God’s grace in us. This is the source of our comfort: it is also what enables the Lord of the Church to direct, expand, and deepen the life of the Church.
Our prayer is that this Course might assist you to find comfort, hope and joy in your Lenten preparation for Holy Week and the triumph of the resurrection.
ab+Martin Cicestr +William Lewes
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