Lent is a time when Christians remember Jesus in the desert working out what it meant to be “the Beloved”.
So all that we take up, all that we give up, is about working out what it is to be a loved daughter or son of God. He is merciful, which means He forgives and accepts, as often as we turn to Him. Nothing else is as important as knowing God’s love and mercy and living it. Love God, love neighbour, love self, and so live life to the full. Try it. Bless and be blessed. Fr Spicer, St Paul’s and Priory churches