Reflection is a key ingredient in our growth and development. The ability to reflect on what's happening around us, and how our decisions and actions affect ourselves and others, is essential if we are to grow into rounded and effective individuals. I've been working for about five years with prisoners at a high-security jail, a place for those we might rather forget - those found guilty of the most serious of crimes. It has been a privilege to walk with these men and see how, for some, a growing reflection on their own shortcomings and misdeeds can build solid foundations for future rehabilitation. For a rather longer time I've been part of the NHS England GP appraisals team - conducting annual professional appraisals for our local GPs. It's been a contrasting but equally fascinating exercise helping these highly-respected members of our society, on whom we place our trust, to reflect and grow in their professional practice and skills.
But each of us needs to reflect, if we are to grow, regardless of age or status. For Christians, Lent is a traditional time to do just that. As the newest member of the clergy team here in the Evenlode vale, I'm looking forward to being part of one of no less than NINE different Lent activities across our villages in March & April - times to reflect and ponder on who we are and why we're here. If you've never done a Lent course before - why not give one a try? No prior knowledge necessary, no commitment required. Just pick up a leaflet from church or check the notice board, and come along to one that takes your fancy. And find a new space for reflection.
Rev'd Dr Stephen Blake
Evenlode Vale Benefice