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Welcome to the website of
The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England

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MARCH 2016
 

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The Readers Write


As we approach the end of Lent and the joy of Easter I wonder how the “forty days and forty nights” have been for you so far? I hear of people who, like me, have given up wine. Others have sacrificed their love of chocolates, cake, biscuits and so on. In many cases the information on what someone has given up is then followed by phrases such as “well, I could do with losing some weight”.

If one pauses for a moment and reflects on Jesus’s time of temptation, He shunned temptation on numerous occasions and this is, of course, in part what Lent is all about. But He did not do this to make himself better. Rather, as is laid out starkly for all of us at Easter, Jesus demonstrated another meaning to “giving up”. That is giving up of oneself for others. Christ demonstrated a self-sacrificing love for all of us, even to giving up His life that we might be saved.
As we reach for that glass of wine or chocolate that we have shunned during Lent and approach the pain and joy of Easter, perhaps we should reflect on how we should follow Christ’s example and consider what we should be giving up to others.

Now, where did I put my wine glass?

Paul




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