A few weeks ago, as I was wondering whether writing a daily meditation throughout Lent was really such a good idea, someone suggested to me that I use my photographs instead. This change of view from words to images has been good for me and pairing up
pictures and the Bible verses has been an interesting project (which is not quite finished). These pictures and verses are what you have been seeing on Facebook.
Why am I telling you this? I think because I am reminded that Lent offers us many things and one of them might be a change of perspective. Not everyone does something artistic or even creative, at least in the traditional sense, but we can take time in Lent to look at ourselves from a different angle – perhaps we can even try to see ourselves as God sees us – and wonder at that love.
On Wednesdays during Lent, at our evening service in Church, we are using a series of reflections from a variety of writers. George Herbert was a clergyman in seventeenth century England, a time of political and religious upheaval. From him we have a huge body of hymns and poems. I know I have quoted this poem before; Love III is a wonderful shift of perspective from our reluctance and awareness of our own faults to God’s endless hospitality and open-armed love.
Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.
‘A guest,’ I answered, ‘worthy to be here.’
Love said, ‘You shall be he.’
‘I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.’
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
‘Who made the eyes but I?’
‘Truth Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.’
‘And know you not,’ says Love, ‘who bore the blame?’
‘My dear, then I will serve.’
‘You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat:’
So I did sit and eat.