Robert's Ruminations

The thoughts of Revd. Robert, Minister for Emmanuel, Ilfracombe

Ashes to Eggs

As I write this piece, we have just celebrated St Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure that there are many mantelpieces adorned with cards to loved ones; waste baskets bursting with discarded chocolate boxes; vases straining under the weight of red roses.  We are bombarded each year by advertisers pushing the latest purchase for our loved ones. All this is just to show how much we love those around us.

As we move into the time we call Lent, we are reminded that this is a time of preparation – getting ourselves ready to celebrate Easter.  With all that unfolds at the Cross of Calvary, we find it hard to see where the love in the sacrifice of Jesus really lies.  But love is at the heart of the Easter story.

The story begins with the Temptation of Jesus in the desert - a time when Jesus faces up to his most difficult period of testing.  He could so easily have walked away from all of the turmoil that lay ahead.  He was, after all, the Son of God, but that in itself brought with it responsibility.  Love was intrinsic to the whole message that the life and teachings of Jesus was all about.  It was because of God’s love for the world and all it’s people that He sent His Son Jesus.  It was because of his love for the world and all it’s people that Jesus was prepared to go to his death as the sacrificial lamb.

Love was at the heart of the Jesus story and is at the heart of the way that we should be living out our lives today.  Christ gave us the instructions for us to follow.  He tells us time and time again, that we should love one another.  This, said Jesus, was one of the two greatest commandments by which we should live.  It’s not going to be easy, we were never promised that, but the rewards will be second to none.  

So as we enter Lent and look to prepare ourselves for Easter, let’s decide to buck the trend and not to give something up, but instead to start something fresh – to show to the world the love that Jesus asks us to show.  So this Lent, let’s turn ashes into eggs and look forward to Easter with renewed hope and with love in our hearts.


The Everywhereness of God


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Thursday, 23 January 2020

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