LENT, the period leading up to Easter, is often thought of as a time to give something up, but it is also a time of renewal. Christians will remember the 40 days Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness preparing for his ministry. He was tested by temptation but came away stronger.
Easter comes the same for people living in poverty as it does for those living in affluence. Around the world, the resurrection hope of Jesus may be experienced and lived more acutely and vividly by those who have little else in which to put their trust, whose perceptions are not blurred by the power to control their own environments, whose profound sense of the preciousness and fragility of life is sharpened by the sheer struggle for survival.
In our own community there are people who are suffering, often through no fault of their own. Many organisations are working together to help, including Citizen’s Advice, The Food Bank, Volunteers in Family Support, The Salvation Army and Seton Care’s Befriending Project. They are quietly active in Berwick bringing hope to people who have little. Giving up something doesn’t necessarily mean depriving yourself. If each of us is able give up time, money or goods to help, we too will feel a sense of renewal as we bring hope through love. More importantly, those who perhaps feel no hope will begin to turn their own corner and feel renewed.
BEA NICHOLSON– Churches Together in Berwick-upon-Tweed