You who dwell in the garden with friends in attendance,let me hear your voice.
Song of Songs 8:13
It’s chaos in the street outside; there are deep holes everywhere. No-one can get their cars off the driveway and even if they could there is no way they could drive along the road. The Gas Board are renewing the main supply pipes for the road. It seems the old metal pipes are wearing out and need to be replaced by new seamless plastic ones. There will be more upheaval tomorrow when they dig trenches across our properties to join us to the new main supply. Oh joy! I am not sure why they need replacing now as the gas is flowing quite happily through the old pipes, but there.
In a way I suppose I can relate this renewal of gas pipes to our life. Our old life flows as if through the old pipes as it has always done but there are cracks and joins which cause obstructions leading to so much trouble. This is why we need the new seamless pipes since those obstructions represent our sinful way of life, our love for the material “good things” of life. Lent then is a good time to reflect and to replace the old worn out life with a new and better way. And how do we find that way? God has promised that if we truly repent of our sins He will forgive us. Then, with the burden of sin lifted, the new life can flow through us just as the gas will flow smoothly along the seamless new pipes.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time work for a number of years