Thoughts for the Month


This month is said to ‘come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.’ It brings the season of Spring. The cold darkness of winter is over and new life is beginning to appear all around us. This year it also brings an early Easter but much of the month is Lent. 


In Matthew Chapter 4 we read how ‘Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.’ This was a deliberate act to test Jesus, to see if He could withstand the offer of an easy way out of the agonising suffering that lay ahead of Him. Jesus’ reply to all the temptations was, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’

So often we are tempted but we are not as strong in our faith and belief as Jesus was. So often we try to justify our actions as we take the easy path when we should squarely face a challenge, be prepared to stand up for what is right and not succumb to weakness.                                          

Lent is the time for us to reflect, to think about what Jesus had to face, to consider our lives and how well we follow His pathway. For many, it is a time of ‘giving something up for Lent.’  It might be chocolate or wine or some other thing that is enjoyed. A bit of self-discipline is a good thing, but is that all that we should be doing?                    

The end of the month brings the agony of Good Friday and then the joy of Easter Day with its promise of eternal life for us all. May we take courage and walk along Christ’s pathway.                                                                             

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