#LiveLent - Let Your Light Shine takes you on a six week discipleship journey in 2018 through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a witness.
For each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day there is a short reading, a pause for reflection and prayer, and an idea for a simple action that will enable the light of Jesus to shine through our everyday lives.
The booklet is written by John Kiddle (author of the best-selling #GodWithUs) in association with Thy Kingdom Come, the global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.
How can I order booklets?
Copies of the booklet are available to purchase from Church House Publishing (bulk and individual copies can be purchased).
How can I sign up for SMS daily reflections?
Text Lent to 88802 and we'll send you a text message with a daily reflection for free throughout Lent.
For further information visit the Church of England LiveLent webpage.
- Introduction by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York-+
The gospel is God’s rescue mission to bring us from darkness to light. This is the work of Jesus, the light of the world.
But Jesus is not the only one called the light of the world by this title. He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’
To witness is to let your light shine. A light shines simply by virtue of being a light. A follower of Jesus witnesses simply by virtue of being a Christian. We have been brought into his light, now he appoints us to bring his light to others. This is what witness is.
These Lent reflections take you on a journey through the Gospel of John and give you an opportunity to explore what the gift of Jesus and the challenge of Jesus mean for you, in the context of your daily life.
In the middle of John’s Gospel is a verse that goes to the heart of it:
Jesus said, ‘I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly’
It is our prayer that this booklet helps and encourages you as you take hold of God’s gift of life and live it – to the full. God offers us this life for the sake of others. The light he gives us in Jesus Christ is not to be hidden but to shine – it’s a gift to be lived and shared. Indeed, the more we share it and let it shine, the brighter it burns.
Archbishop Justin Welby & Archbishop John Sentamu