Journeying towards Easter
Reflecting on Lent with BRF authors
What are you taking up for Lent?
The idea of ‘giving something up for Lent’ came from the season’s origins as a time of fasting, in order to focus on prayer and grow closer to God. For Lent 2019, instead of forgoing chocolate, why not join these BRF authors and ‘take something up’ - whether an attitude of mind, a practice or some special reading with one of our inspiring new Lent resources.
Take up... 'lending yourself to the world'
A reflection from BRF author Margaret Silf
As I reflect on the question ‘What does Lent mean for me?’ I am reminded of this phrase: Lent to each other. So many people have been ‘lent’ (as in ‘loaned’) to me during the course of my life, sometimes just for a crucial moment or two, sometimes over many years. They have been the bringers of God’s grace is unique ways, through their example, their challenges, their listening presence or their active help, encouragement and love. But this is a two-way process. Each of us is called to allow ourselves to ‘be lent’ to the world – wherever there is a need that our personal gifts or presence can begin to meet.
Perhaps Lent can be a time to reflect more consciously on how we can offer ourselves, our help, support and love in a specific and practical way to someone who needs that ‘loan’ – how we can truly be lent, and Lent, to each other.