The Dean of Lichfield has posted a message for Lent, of which this is the conclusion. I was pleased to read the final paragraph from Saint John, as this was the verse we chose as theme for our wedding, in nearby Rugeley.
Lent is sometimes called a season of joyful sadness – yes because of regret for the mess-ups, time-wasting, pettiness and sin that disfigures our lives and that of the church but more importantly joyful because God’s love not only shows us the truth about ourselves but also draws us deep into the way his will might be done in us, and what we might amount to if we make our home in him.
Jesus said: “Make your home in me as I make mine in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you unless you make your home in me”. (St John 15:4)
With my love, prayers and blessings
Dean of Lichfield
The card is rather battered, 40 years on, but it’s there on display in our bedroom; thank you Dean, for the reminder of our resolution!