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Jesus said, “And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:20)

Dear <<First Name>>,

You've arrived to the fourth week of Lent!

This week, the object for your altar and to guide your reflection is a small stone.

One of my favourite places is Meteora in central Greece. The region is made up of towering rock formations and cliffs that make it seem like earth is reaching up into heaven; the clouds among the rocks reminding me of God's presence dwelling among the people of Israel like a cloud above the tabernacle.

It's understandable that monks have lived in the cliffs of Meteora since ancient times and monasteries were built high on the rock spires in the 12th-14th centuries. Who wouldn't want to live with God on top of the stones that seem to reach into the heavens?

The truth of God dwelling with humanity is that we don't have to go live in a cave high on the cliffside. The cloud of God's presence guided the Hebrew people and stopped to camp where the people camped. The scripture above concludes Matthew's Gospel with Christ's promise to be ever-present with us. The mystery of our Triune God means that in some way God is in humanity by becoming flesh in Jesus, and we are all in the presence of God at all times.

So, as much as I would love to visit those towering rocks with you and see the beauty that draws our attention to God, let's instead put a small stone in our pockets or on our side table or altar this week. And let's remember that God dwells with us in the valleys and on the tops of the cliffs ... always; even to the end of the age.

Rest assured that you are held in the grace of God and in my prayers,
Pastor Jared
Daily Prayer for Tuesday 9 March

Click here to download daily prayers for the coming week.
 

Silence is recognising more in less
‘You were within me but I was outside myself’
Silence is not about doing more it is about subtracting,
Taking off,
Until you are left with the essence of all that you are
And realising
That in this nakedness
Stripped down
There is no longer anything that separates
You from yourself
And yourself from God.

– Richard Carter, The City is My Monastery
Lenten Suggestions
 
Daily Prayers
  • Click here to download a PDF of this week's daily Lenten prayers.
  • You can also receive the prayer daily via WhatsApp. Opt-in by adding Pastor Jared as a contact in your mobile device and sending him a WhatsApp message: Jared Jaggers, +44 75656 87333

Create a Lenten Altar with Objects with a Spiritual Focus for Each Week
This week's object is explained above. Below is the object you can add for the final week before Holy Week.
  • Chocolates – a piece of chocolate for each member of your household; fair trade if at all possible.
Choose a Traditional Lenten Fast and Focus on Serving Others
  • Click here to download a calendar of "40 acts" to show love toward someone else that day. (It has been created for children, but is suitable for children of all ages!)
  • Sign up for International Justice Mission's “Slave Free Lent” – https://www.ijmuk.org/slavefreelent - IJM will send you text messages with ideas for how take action against human trafficking. Each week of Lent it will challenge you to give up something for that week that often involves labour of enslaved people.
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