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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

12 March 2014: Peter Belton St. Mary Magdalen Church

Just a thought....

Pancakes. Ash Wednesday. What is it? Like New Year's resolutions, Lent is not just a time for giving things-up. It's a time for finding those things in our lives which obstruct our relationship with God.

All the passion for a relationship starts from God. Which one of us would have his child killed to help someone else? In so humiliating, naked, long drawn out & painful way?

Lent is a time for letting God in. He stands at the door and knocks. If we're quiet we can hear Him. But it's His desire to give us the choice. He wants to be chosen by us, not as puppets, where He pulls the strings. Not in fear of retribution. He wants us to enjoy Him. A relationship with the fullness of joy for us and Him.

So, what gets in the way? Does our life centre round our comforts? Are we fearful of what He might do? Do we think He doesn't care? Is He only a vengeful God? Do we believe He doesn't exist? Why does He allow tragedies? And if so, why? He often uses crises to call us.

Another word for "Faith" is "Trust". Do we put ourselves into His hands? He holds us in the palm of His hand. It is His hope that we and He can walk, hand in hand with us, in His garden to enjoy His abundant provision and love for us. You choose. Why would you not want this?

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Post on 12 March; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.


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