Our church tradition does not celebrate Lent, but I like to follow the Easter story, so bought this book this year to discover that it is so much more than just Reflections for Lent! The Reflections on Isaiah 52 and 53 are slow and deliberate; pointing to the Cross; showing the personal cost the suffering servant paid; showing the sufferings as a measure of His love for us; showing how Christ came to stand with us in our sufferings. As Chester points out, it is personal with Isaiah’s use of the pronouns ‘we’ and ‘us’.
These Reflections show the surprise, the shock, the stand-on-its head way of salvation Jesus executed for us on the cross which cause us to pause and wonder. Each Reflection is about 2-3 pages long and concludes with a short prayer, a hymn or poem for meditation. This is book is not just for Lent, not just for Easter, but for anytime we need to slow, meditate and take a fresh look at the beauty of the cross.
Fiona M. Talbot, Plockton & Kyle Free Church