In spite of very bad weather and power-cuts, we had an excellent turnout for Shrove Tuesday. We had to start off with gas-lamps and candles, and a number of people expressed sadness that we would not be able to watch the video that Theo had advertised…

We decided to push ahead anyway and so, after Theo welcomed everyone and as we sang Grace, the power came on! We shared lovely finger food together and everyone agreed that it was a great feast.

Then Theo explained the background to the song and video he was going to play for our devotions. The song, by Matt Maher, doubles up as a reflection on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness and the idea that a “Lenten Fast” can be a life changing thing.

Here are the lyrics of the song:

FORTY DAYS – (Matt Maher)
Forty days to wander
Forty days to die to self
Forty days to grow stronger
As faith breaks open the gates of hell
The jubilee is over
But grace is far from gone
In the hearts of the faithful
Broken on the wheels of love

‘Cause in the desert of temptation
Lies the storm of true conversion
Where springs of living water drown and refresh you
And as the Jordan pours out change
Your true self is all that remains
Where springs of living water bind and break you
Bind and break you

Forty days to remember
The Paschal Sacrifice
Forty days to discover
His passion calls us to new life
The jubilee is over
But mercy’s far from gone
In the arms of the Father
As the wayward child comes home

‘Cause in the desert of temptation
Lies the storm of true conversion
Where springs of living water drown and refresh you
And as the Jordan pours out change
Your true self is all that remains
Where springs of living water bind and break you
Bind and break you

Bind and break you
Bind and break you

After letting everyone read the Lyrics of the song, Theo showed the video that can be found here.   People found the video striking and inspiring…
 It was a good way to prepare for the start of Lent.

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