Rector's letter

St Peter & St Paul

South Petherton, with the Seavingtons

and the Lambrooks

The Rector’s Letter for March

Dear Friends

When I was teaching I sometimes used to find myself describing a child in their reports as ‘easily led’. This usually meant that they were a bit of a pain but not always entirely in the wrong! Are you easily led? 

There are lots of ways that we can think of being led aside from the school report staple. There is the way you might lead an animal, such as a dog or a horse - corrective, controlling the destination but ultimately in a form of partnership. There is the navigator or the tour guide, someone with the picture of where you are going with the job of getting you there. There is the excited child dragging you off to see what they have found or created. There is being led through coercion or malice – the unwitting party in someone’s scheme. The leading of the victim. All sorts. 

Leading is a theme in Lent, in this season. Not least because we read in the Gospels that Jesus was ‘led by the Spirit into the wilderness’. I wonder what sort of leading this was for him? How that experience was encountered?

For us, in this season, the invitation is to walk also in the wilderness, our wilderness. To be led by God’s Spirit. Perhaps a question in these days of Lent is how are you being led? How are you being called? Which areas of your life do you perhaps suddenly find are being drawn into a quieter place, a broader place, a harsher place, even a darker place? It is worth spending some time reflecting on. Are you someone who is easily led?

Of course, being led promises one thing. You are not alone. Jesus was not dropped off by the Spirit in the wilderness and told he would be collected in forty days. This was a time of exploring his relationship with his Father.  In our wilderness, our Lent, the paths we are led on and the places we are led to, we are never alone. God is with us by his leading, in his footsteps, by his love. 

Warm wishes


Every blessing

Rev Tom

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