Lent begins in the dimness of late winter and ends with the burst of bright spring. Jesus is, according to John’s gospel, ‘The Light of the world’ and that Light insists: ‘You are the light of the world. Don’t be hiding under some bushel basket.’
Light a candle and reflect on these Bible verses:
John 8:12 NIV
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Matthew 5:14 NIV
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
So where do you shine?
How do you keep your light lit?
Light of the world, walk among us, illuminating God in our midst. Amen
This week the church remembers the mothering love of God. In the middle of Lent we give thanks for all who show us this mothering love – a strong love, a challenging love, an encouraging love, a healing love.
Hold the heart in your hand as you reflect on these Bible Verses
Proverbs 23:25 NIV
May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!
John 19:26-27 NIV
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Hosea 11:3-4 NIV
God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”
Take time to reflect and give thanks for those who have “mothered” you – physically and spiritually.
God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful: watch over us and hold us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Samaritan woman gives Jesus a drink of water. They speak together for a long time. He tells her about living water – to revive the spirit and bring hope. She believes and others believe because of her.
Read the story of the Woman at the well – John 4:1-30 .
Give thanks for those who continue to help you believe.
Get in touch with someone who needs to know they matter.
Support a charity that works to provide clean water for all, eg WaterAid.
O God, may we thirst for your waters of justice, and learn to deny no one the water of life. Amen
Nicodemus, a religious leader, comes to Jesus to ask his questions. Lent is a good time to try to be open about our questions. Maybe we can even ‘cherish the questions’ and ‘have patience with all that is unsolved’