Love is in the air in February
New life is in the air in March
April brings us showers
And May a…..
I’m afraid my poetic talents are so appalling that I won’t expose you to more. But is it me or are the long dark nights behind us? The days are definitely getting longer and lighter. Miracle of miracles, I’m actually finding that the effect of this seasonal change is that getting out of bed in the morning is fractionally easier. My body clock is at least an hour ahead.
This was the cause of some raised eyebrows at work recently, as I arrived in the office at 8.30am because my body was convinced it was 9.30am! I must get a grip. But it’s great, though, to feel a rush of renewed energy and joy of living, even if we are in the season of Lent!
Lent lasts forty days and is a time when people are encouraged to enter into prayer in a deeper way and to deny themselves (a form of fasting); be that abstaining from drinking or some other treat like chocolate. The latter is my Achilles Heel. It’s really hard to live without a chocolate fix a couple of times a week. My waistline is definitely approving though.
Aside from the superficialities, the purpose of this time of abstention is certainly not to edge me nearer to a size 8 (chance would be a fine thing), but spiritually it is offered as a time of metanoia; a Greek word which means a radical change of life, heart and mind, a process of renewal and inner transformation, leading to a new freedom and way of thinking and acting. You’ve heard of the phrase ‘spring clean’, well, Lent provides an opportunity for a spiritual, ‘inner spring clean’ of the body, mind and soul. It’s a process which can only be truly effective if the focus of our ‘inner spring clean’ is authentic - Jesus Christ.
But who is Jesus and how can I enjoy a full body, mind and spirit spring clean?
The health spa is calling… I’ll leave the answer to those questions for you to discover.