I’ve just come in from sitting on my bench in a sunny spot in the garden, reading in a warm coat, and listening to the rising birdsong, and looking at the first primroses, and the snowdrops. The days are stretching out now, and it feels good to be outside, for a little while at least!
So, outside, I was thinking that Lent is on the way, and some of you may be looking for some reading, or a spiritual practice, for this time. Many people seek to deepen their prayer, and commit to some physical discipline, and would like some company and support along the way. My new book might be what you are looking for.
Each chapter begins with a short reading from John’s account of the life of Jesus, which is followed by some reflections, and then proceeds to offer suggestions for further study, and prayer, and creative response, as well as possible practical and community actions. You may be part of a small group or spiritual community, who might like to read it together. If you might follow it on your own, I intend to publish a little something every week on this blog so that we can take this walk together, and keep each other company here.
It might help you to see how it would work, so, below you’ll find a suggested calendar of how we could proceed – although of course it’s entirely up to you.
Getting Started: Chapter 1, Moses and Abraham. This is a shortish introductory chapter – you could fit it in the week before Lent, or as an extra piece of reading as Lent begins.
The woman at the well: week beginning Sunday 3rd March 2019. Ash Wednesday is 6th March this year.
I am the bread of life: week beginning 10th March.
I am the light of the world: week beginning 17th March.
I am the good shepherd, I am the gate for the sheep: week beginning 24th March.
I am the resurrection and the life: week beginning 31st March.
I am the way, the truth and the life: week beginning 7th April.
I am the true vine: week beginning 14th April, Holy Week.
I am he: Maundy Thursday, 18th April, or another day this week.
It seems to fit well, I hope you agree.
If you want to find out a bit more about the book, there are extracts elsewhere on the blog, for instance here and here.
You can order the book from any bookshop, or follow the links above for online ordering.
This could be good!