Morning Bell: 40 Temptations – a series for Lent

 

This Lent series of Morning Bell is a meditation on the nature of temptation. It draws on the Gospel accounts of the 40 day testing and temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, one of the deep roots that have formed the spiritual practice of Lent. These reflections in text and image attempt to see behind any obvious temptation urging us to do something wrong – and to look for the deeper questions that are being asked of us about life, love and faith. If we are truly attentive the apparent temptation or taunt may turn out to offer a gift, enabling us to understand who we are and to embrace what is being called of us.

 

Morning Bell: 40 Temptations - series for Lent
Morning Bell: 40 Temptations – series for Lent

This will be a demanding Lent series, as it should be. The themes are tough, the images have a bleak quality, and the language will be sometimes be earthy. If you need to opt out for a while please do that – be kind to yourself. But as and when you are able, please join us as we journey through wilderness. The photos that form the base of the images begin with a series taken on a train journey this winter.

If you can, check out one of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s time in the wilderness (Matthew 4.1-11 / Mark 1.12-13 / Luke 4.1-13) and consider how he responded to the temptations that came his way. As we pray and reflect together this Lent no doubt at some point the wild beasts may come, but so too may angels…

Grace and peace to you
Ian & Gail

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Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Anne Mills Posted on February 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for this introduction to your Lenten series. I feel I shall value them very much.
    I have just begun the Ignation Exercises and your comment
    ” If we are truly attentive the apparent temptation may turn out to offer a gift, enabling us to understand who we are and to embrace what is being called of us.”
    and
    ” As we pray and reflect together this Lent no doubt at some point the wild beasts may come, but so too may angels…”

    Already begin to ring true.

    Every blessing

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  2. Stephen Winter Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

    In the wonderful words of Joni Mitchell:
    “Well maybe it is just the time of year
    Or maybe it’s the time of man
    I don’t know who I am
    But you know life is for learning”
    And it feels that we are all entering Lent more profoundly than for a long time (or is it just me?) The high priests of the status quo scream ever more loudly to silence dissent and just like the first disciples we don’t have a clue what Easter will look like when it comes. I think your concentration on living with temptation is right. More and more I see it as a way of life with glimpses from time to time of the Easter hope to keep me going.

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  3. Rev Yvonne J Pearson Posted on February 19, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Please could you let me know how to follow the 40 Temptations series for Lent.

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    1. Ian Adams Posted on February 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      hi Yvonne, thanks for asking, there are various ways to get the 40 Temptations Morning Bell images for Lent – we hope at least one works well for you 🙂
      peace to you
      Ian

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