Speer Road Church
(United Reformed Church)
The Last Word
At the end of January work started on replacing the windows at the Manse, three weeks later the job was complete and one of the first things I noticed was the house felt different. I realised how draughty the house had been now it was still and I didnít hear the noise of the traffic on the A3. It made me feel isolated cut off from the world, but then I discovered I could open a window and become reconnected! Many people go around with headphones on listening to music or stories, so even when they are walking down the street they are cut off from the noises around them; others travel in insulated cars which provide an isolated space.
As we approach Lent we might think that Jesus was going into the wilderness to get away from it all, to cut himself off from the noise and business of life. While in one way this is true, in that it gave him time to be alone, the purpose was to decide what his future ministry would be, the path he would tread in the world. He was only too aware of the temptations the world would give him; he needed to decide how to deal with them. He chose the path of engagement and vulnerability, and as a result changed the world. This Lent let us take time to open a window on the world that we might hear, see and feel what is happening and ask God how we should respond.
Prayer Lord as you spent time in the wilderness, May I spend time this Lent reflecting on my life, Help me to see where I can make a difference, And be a channel of your love in the world. Amen