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Good Friday

We are almost at the end of lent. Today I went on a walk of witness – from the Imperial War Museum to Waterloo Station in London- with a group of Christians from Lambeth Parish and District. You can read more about it over at my blog.

We are almost at the end of Maggi Dawn’s book. Today she writes that what’s so good about this Friday, and encourages us not to rush over the pain, suffering and abandonment Jesus felt this day two thousand or so years ago – but to take time to sit at the foot of the cross.

At the foot of the cross

We will resume reading through the Bible on Easter Monday.

I thought it’s time we looked at the Gospel of John. The readings will be quite long some days – so take it in easier to manage chunks if that works best for you – but let the Word meet you, and transform you.

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As I said in the previous post I’m working through Maggi Dawn’s Giving it up for Lent.

It’s a series of Daily Bible Readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day and it’s really good. Not easy but good.

Elsewhere Maggi writes

Lent is about everyday matters: about re-grounding ourselves in the knowledge of our humanity, and our dependence upon God. And it is about living each day, in this earthed place, in a thoroughly human way. Not as superheroes, nor subhuman. Just being properly human, one day at a time.

I like that perspective don’t you?

In the book I’m on chapter three (third full week of Lent) which is entitled Changing Perceptions. It’s excellent. It’s meeting me right where I am because as I started Lent I needed a fresh revelation of who God is and how I fit into the grand scheme of things.

The first three entries (Sun-Tues) this week are taken from  Luke 15 – the chapter, you might remember,  subtitled lost and found.  It’s probably my favourite chapter in the NT and certainly God has used the narrative of the Prodigal Son again and again in my life to reveal who He is and How much He loves me.

Maggi though really opened up the second of the stories  (the one about the lost sheep) to me this week. She reminded me that the 99 were actually not in danger (they were looked after by the other shepherds) but rather that it was the shepherd himself who put his life at risk when he went out to look for the one who had gone missing. That’s a real picture of what Jesus did for you and me- for all humanity though many fail to grasp that -as Maggi puts it

It’s a movement of ultimate personal risk for the sake of something lost almost beyond hope-

And it’s really got me thinking.

I like Lent and this book has really been helping me in my journey with and to God.

(cross posted over at  my blog -stf)

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on Friday – New Year’s Day

we’ll start dipping into the Gospel of Luke

today however I’m re-reading an inspirational book called

God’s Secret to Greatness: The Power of the Towel by Tommy Tenney and David Cape

As I’m reading this I’m thinking what are the hallmarks of a servant, what spirit does a servant have, and with whose eyes does a servant of Jesus see. How does this impact what we do?
If you are looking for a scripture to read today to inspire you about servanthood, you might like to start with John 3:22 to end which is John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus. I love it.

-stf

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In Finland the traditional advent reading is from Matthew 21:1-11. I add here as an extra bonus although we have just recently read through Matthew

The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!”

 Be blessed wherever you celebrate Advent Sunday today

-stf

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