Lent is a forty-day period.  (Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, so are not counted as part of Lent.)  There are many references to forty days in the Bible: it rained for forty days and forty nights during Noah’s flood, and Moses spent forty days and forty nights on Mount Sinai with God. The Gospels say that after his baptism at the Jordan, Jesus went into the desert where he fasted for forty days and forty nights.


Spending time in a remote place is a way of blocking out worldly affairs, allowing uninterrupted time to concentrate on growing closer to God.  We may not be able to go off to an isolated place for forty days, but we could try to focus our thoughts more on God during Lent.  


Whatever we decide to do during Lent, we could try not to get so involved in what we are doing as to forget why we are doing it.  We could try to follow the example of Jesus and use our forty days as a time for drawing closer to God.




One of our group said that her church has given her a list of things to do for the forty days of Lent, such as ‘Say hello to a stranger’; ‘Pray for people’, etc.  We agreed that doing something positive is better than giving something up, and forty days is long enough to get you into good habits that might stay with you.  We talked about Lent being an opportunity to start new habits.


Best wishes,






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