Sunday, 6 March 2011

Pre-Lent wondering wandering

Prince Charming has a wonderful t-shirt with Tolkien's fabulous words- not all who wander are lost- thereon. Seems a good way to start into Lent with Floss and the crew! And actually our Methodist Man has been doing the kinesthetic Walk through the Bible in slots recently and we've been pointing out many points of the Big Wander on the way though the desert books!

Anyway, I seem to be starting Lent at the end rather than the beginning. Having started the weekend with thoughts of angels, these fused into thinking about the role of the angels in the desert. Matthew 4:11 and Mark 1:13.

The immediate context is thinking of friends who have had rotten illness times this week involving clinical dehydration and hospitals. Of PC pushing through discouraging times. Of looking back over two years of fraises lachrymosae and realising that life could maybe be more now than an absence of crisis management. (She whispers this last bit for fear of being proved wrong!)

So as I set out to wander through the desert with One braver and better and stronger than me, I am thinking of the angels who "attended Him". And I'm liking that thought! It makes me wonder if maybe this year I won't be giving up for Lent, but taking in.


GretchenJoanna said...

What a wonderful thought to encourage you, Angels in the Desert. In some ways Lent is like a short intensive course on that l-o-n-g part of our salvation history that including 40 years of wandering in a desert. So it's all very fitting to remember that He doesn't leave us alone, but gives us ministering angels and much more. I'm going to let it encourage me, too, so thank you, Mags, and a blessed Lent to you.

Pom Pom said...

I've been thinking about angels, too. I like knowing they are perched in the corners of my classroom and also brushing by me in crowded places. Ash Wednesday this week and I'm not sure how I'll ponder my way through that day, this year. I am joining Floss as well and I remember joyfully that I met you there - Betty, too. So special.
Yes, let's take in the wonder of our Lord who walked this earth in such a controversial manner. Oh, I love Him so.

Betty said...

When I started blogging I hadn't expected the bonus of the spiritual connection some of us have found - yes, lets walk the walk and talk the talk! Let's reflect on our Maker and share our devotions during Lent. Betty x

Angela said...

Lovely post, Mags [and lovely comment too, PomPom]
And thanks for setting my brain off with some ideas for Pause-In-Lent posts, I admit I have been struggling for inspiration this year [typical teacher, I like to be well planned for these things!]

And yes, life CAN be more than 'crisis management' - and the angels ARE there to minister to us.

Love and blessings xxx

Elizabethd said...

Yes....not giving up, but giving out, maybe?

Angela said...

Loved this post. And the 2 comments. Very inspiring . Still thinking so not saying much [except I DID post a comment earlier and it seems to have got lost in the ether!]
blessings x

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

A very encouraging Pause in Lent. It's especially interesting because it's the second time I've been reminded of the angels who God provides to protect us. What a blessing. Thank you :)