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It is hard to believe that we are already over a quarter of the way through the year, but despite our best efforts to deny the march of time, the evidence around us suggests otherwise. The lighter nights, the sudden burst of colour from spring flowers in our gardens or by the roadside tell us that spring has well and truly sprung.

As well as what we see around that reminds us that we are now in spring, we also have the fact that we are now in the last weeks of Lent, and Holy Week and Easter are fast approaching.

Lent can be a strange time of year in the Church of Scotland because, whilst it is recognised in the weekly Church Lectionary, often it is not followed by individual churches, which is of course entirely down to them. Personally, I find Lent just as an important time of preparation and reflection on our relationships with one another and with God as Advent is as we ready ourselves for Christmas.

It could of course be said that we should always be reflecting on our relationships with God and one another throughout the whole year, and this is true. But I like the framework and structure that Lent provides as we journey with Jesus towards the cross, just as we journey with those around him to his birth at Christmas. Through Lent we can focus on certain key aspects of our Christian lives such as redemption, forgiveness and repentance, all themes that help us develop and strengthen our relationship with God.

This is what I would like to encourage you to do this month dear friend, reflect on your relationship with God. For whilst we are surrounded by increasing social, political and financial uncertainty, one of the things that will always remain certain in our lives is God’s desire and will to get to know us better, so I encourage you to do this. How you choose to do this is entirely up to you, but it is something we can all do whoever we are, wherever we are, and as we draw closer to God, he draws closer to us, and that is something I am sure we can all have more of.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter when it comes and I hope to see many of you at our Holy Week services that we are holding with our neighbouring churches, details of which can be found on this website.

Your friend in Christ

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