Rev Melanie Cook
21st February 2021
1st week of Lent
Joel 2 vs 12-13
“Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.
As we have entered this time of Lent, we are presented with
an opportunity to “rend” our hearts to the Lord. You may ask…
what does ‘rendering’ our hearts mean?
The dictionary defines rend to mean: to break, rip or tear and
even destroy. Are we being called to break our hearts for the
You see if we have strayed from God then our hearts find
other things to love, whether that’s physical things, aspirations
or other people. The Lord is calling us to break our hearts, to
break away from those other things (idols) and return our
hearts and love to Him.
We are promised in the passage of scripture that the Lord is
gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in
love… even though we may have turned away from the Lord,
He is gracious.
Thank you to Chantal Riley for stepping in and taking the
service today, we are grateful and blessed to have her with
us! (Pssst… remember I told you last week that it’s Chantal’s
birthday today…don’t forget to wish her!)