Lent: ‘A time to serve others’

JPCT 180213  Rev Paddy Beresford at St John's church, Broadbridge Heath. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 180213 Rev Paddy Beresford at St John's church, Broadbridge Heath. Photo by Derek Martin

Traditionally, we focus on serving others, prayer and cutting back on luxuries during Lent. It’s a time when we consider what it meant for Jesus to die on the cross for us.

There’s no way to adequately repay God, however, we can show what a difference it makes in our life by serving others.

Jesus was modelling Christian service when He washed the disciples’ feet: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you... Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:14-17).

Lent is an appropriate time not just to cease from doing things but to start washing people’s feet - blessing others by serving them.

During the 40 days of Lent we could spend 40 minutes a day, (or other regular interval) showing God’s love to our community. Here are some suggestions:

• Write a card to, or visit, someone who is housebound or in hospital.

• Take a meal to someone or have coffee with someone who’s grieving.

• Babysit for a single mum or large family – to give them a break.

If we are unable to do this because of other commitments we could step up our prayer life.

Pray for your enemies - think of the person who has most hurt you and thank God for them, asking God to bless him or her. Do a prayer walk – praying for homes and business in your area.

There are many other ideas, just find ways to wash other people’s feet.