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Week 1 – Weekend

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 

Reading

John 1.1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Reflection

During Lent we are encouraged to face the reality that there are many dark places in our lives and in our world. We need God’s light to open our eyes to the world’s needs, to bring hope into the darkness.

Whatever challenges we face, it is important we remember, in the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, that “Good is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death. Victory is ours, through him who loves us.”

Action

Organizations such as Christian Aid and Tearfund work with communities in great need, including those already affected by climate breakdown. Pray for their work, and support it financially, too, if you can.

Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!

From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)

Family Challenge

Help those bringing hope
Read a webpage for a charity like Christian Aid or Tearfund. How do they help to bring light into dark situations, such as countries badly affected by climate change?

Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.