This Lent book will explore biblical stories and characters that exemplify a whole range of relationships, in good times and bad. Relationships will be defined very widely, to include even people who dont see themselves in relationship. The stories will be related to common emotions - love, friendship, rivalry, conflict, trust, hatred, fear - and linked with 21st-century attitudes, culture and moral dilemmas.
The book will cover OT stories as well as NT, and explore dysfunctional as well as functional relationships to make clear how experiences of loss and failure - which culminated, for Jesus, in the Cross - are inevitably part of our relationships, but can be healed by the Resurrection. The making of choices is pivotal in our life journey and these meditations will focus on key moments of decision, and their consequences. This will often involve reflection on the power of temptation: the ways in which biblical characters respond to it, and their varying success in withstanding it.
The reflections will range widely, but will start with Jesus temptations and conclude with stories from Holy Week and Easter, so that the relevance to Lent is maintained.
Judith Dimond is a lay member of St Martin’s and St Paul’s Church in Canterbury, and a Companion of the Society of St Francis.
Retired now from work in both the public and voluntary sectors, in addition to her prose writing for SPCK, she also writes poetry, and is published in various anthologies and journals. She gains most support and friendship from being part of ‘common room poets’, a group of seven women poets in East Kent. Their most recent anthology is Mirror Writing.
Her family life centres around her very unidentical twin daughters, two lively grandchildren, and a large extended family. She lives with her husband in what was once a pub, and together they enjoy exploring the coasts of Kent and Northern France. She is author of Gazing on the Gospels, Year B (SPCK, 2008) andGazing on the Gospels, Year C (SPCK, 2009) and is currently completing the series where she should have started, in Year A!