Lent brings for me a sense of hope. Each morning ( Mon-Fri) I go swimming, I try and be in the pool at 6.30, this isn’t easy on the dark mornings. I have noticed this week as I leave the pool around 7am, it is just beginning to become light. This gives me a sense of hope, that the darkness is beginning to go, for longer days and seeing the bulbs that are beginning to grow in my garden.
This last weekend I spent working with a group of 8 disabled young people on a residential at an activity center in somerset. The weekend was full of laughter, sometimes- hysterical!, very tiring, but also again full of hope. I was challenged by some of the young peoples ability and willingness to give things a go, to try new things, push themselves ( this led to me climbing a climbing wall- quite a challenge as I have a huge fear of heights!) I was also inspired by their eagerness and enthusiasm for life . Encouraged by this experience my plan this lent is to try some new things, to challenge myself , to try and be more positive and hopeful but also to learn more to trust in God.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.