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A time for growth

I have been very conscious as I have been driving around the area recently and indeed by merely looking through the window, that things are growing rapidly. Spring may finally be on its way! There are signs of new growth everywhere.

Growth is something we should encourage in others and seek for ourselves. Creating the conditions for the growth of our faith in our Church life is as essential as creating the right conditions for plants to flourish. The season of Lent is one that often provides additional opportunities for such growth when there are Lent groups available and many people try to find time to read a book that will help their faith to deepen. It is also a time when we can reflect on our own personal journeys and perhaps ask the question, “Am I further along the road than I was?” Alternatively, we might simply ask if we feel we have grown in our faith.

I also reflect though, that there are often things growing in the garden that we do not wish to see growing there, or that plants can run riot, stunting the growth of other things or actually growing to the point where they need pruning in order to do better. There are obvious comparisons with our lives! So another question we might ask in Lent is whether or not there are things that are wrong in our lives which need rooting out and eradicating.

Jesus gives us the chance and our lives will produce better fruit if, with his help, we can get rid of those things. We know ourselves how we think we have got rid of weeds at times only for them to appear again no matter how many different weed killers we use! Again, let us use the opportunity during these days of Lent so that fresh good growth may be seen as the days grow longer and we are more in the light.

Many people grew in faith after coming under the influence of Jesus in the Bible and many have done so, since he made that journey into Jerusalem, had a last supper with his friends, was betrayed in a garden, faced trials and crucifixion and then rose again on the third day; and he continues to provide opportunities for all people to grow, for he came saying, “I am come that you might have life and have it in all its fullness!”

With every blessing for Easter