After lunch Benedict worked from a short lesson in "Responsibility for Boys." I first came across the series when Eva blogged about the lessons for girls, which I also bought for Pip. Today's lesson was about caring for a sibling in particular a younger sister. Benedict read the commentary and then shared with me his thoughts. With some encouragement on my part he drew a picture of Pip wearing her rainbow uniform and some of the ways in which he can help Pip during these next six weeks in Lent:
We are beginning our Lentern journey with an extra burden of sickness in the house, not really a surprise! Since January I have been unwell with predominantly chronic back pain but at the weekend another unwelcome set of symptoms appeared and I am once more back to the GP surgery for investigations.
I have had pain like this before and the end result was major surgery when Sara was just two, not great! So my conversation with The Lord these past few days has ran along the lines of " Gee, Lord I can't afford to be this sick, please don't let it be a hospital job, how will Dave manage with the kids?" I even made Dave promise that he would call Emma in Spain and ask her to come home and help! Mind running on over drive at this point, methinks.
Then I remembered the Gospel passage from last Sunday:
" That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food and the body more than clothing. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
I had been wondering what to give up for Lent and also what to add and the answer is right here in the text! Give up Worrying and start Trusting. My dear friend Pen is giving up opinions for Lent, should be an interesting journey!