Re:lent – beginning again
When we put ‘re’ in front of a word, it usually means we are doing something again. Many of us may feel at the moment that life after nearly a year of lockdowns is Groundhog Day - an endless cycle of doing the same thing again and again, where weeks and months seem to slip by almost unnoticed.
The Christian calendar, however, reminds us that the year and our lives are cyclical and therefore repetitive. Sunday by Sunday, year in year out we mark the same festivals and keep the same traditions. We do this not out of sheer habit or a lack of imagination but out of hope – the hope offered to us by a God who gives us second chances. Each new day, each new year, gives us a chance to start afresh, to begin again, until, just as in the film Groundhog Day, we transform our lives and a new day dawns.
Lent, the period of six weeks leading up to Easter, is an opportunity to examine our lives and to look for ways in which we can improve what we are already doing to bring us closer to God.
This year Lent begins on February 17. The first day, Ash Wednesday, invites us to be real about our shortcomings but even the image of the ash contains within it the seeds of hope as Christ died and lived again.
We hope you will find inspiration as you share our resources.
Each week, we are focusing on one key word beginning with ‘Re’ to help inspire us to change.
Join our bishops as they explore and unpack each word in a weekly reflection. They will be published here each week in Lent.
All things come from you and of your own do we give you
This year our Lent appeal is the Church in Wales’ Centenary Fund. The Centenary Fund is supporting projects from two charities, one at home and one overseas. At home, Housing Justice Cymru is helping secure tenancies for vulnerable people, while overseas, Christian Aid is working with the Episcopal Church of South Sudan to bring peace to the war-torn country.
Find out more and how you can give at: https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/about-us/our-campaigns/centenary-appeal/
Join in our #ReLent campaign by sharing your news, reflections and stories about Lent on social media. You can download the logo in a variety of sizes suitable for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and a poster here: