Called to serve God by increasing awareness of His presence and declaring His love


Pancake day is 13th February this year. A time families love. Even after a hearty evening meal, we all have room for pancakes still. Who doesn’t?

In most houses, everyone is different. Some go classic, with lemon and sugar, some go indulgent with chocolate spread and strawberries and for others, maybe it’s vanilla ice-cream and golden syrup – delish!

But back to the pancakes themselves. Cooking them is half the fun! I don’t know why, but the first one always seems to be a bit of a disaster. It sticks to the pan, it’s a bit lumpy, it’s not in any shape or form very attractive and when it comes to flipping the thing, it’s a job that brings a sweat on! However, it tastes good and no-one really cares. By the time we get to pancake number 4, things are running a bit smoother. They are of circular form, golden in colour and flipping it? Like a dream. It’s at this point, just when we master the art of pancakes, that everyone declares they’re full and can’t eat anymore!

But what if – you simply left it on the griddle and didn’t flip it? It would most certainly burn on one side and be left undone on the other.
We have to trust God as the perfect cook – flipping us over just at the right time so we won’t burn, and we can continue to be cooked to perfection! Even better, He continues that process over and over so that we can become a whole stack of pancakes, spiritually speaking, providing nutrition as we’re placed on a platter and presented before a hungry world. God is the one who knows all about flipping things at the right time.


Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent. This is an important time of year for Christians. It reminds us of when Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights without food.

It was an important time and place for Jesus, as it was a place of preparation – this means ‘getting ready’ for something important. Jesus was getting ready for his work of healing and teaching. It was important that he was somewhere on his own, so that he could focus on God, with no distractions. He had a busy and important time ahead. Christians today use Lent as a time to focus especially upon God.

Jesus was tested in the desert. Jesus was tempted by food, power and wealth, testing God. The main thing is that Jesus stuck by God, and this is a reminder to Christians today that when things get hard, or they are tempted to forget God, they can trust in God who never leaves them.

Sometimes people give things up for Lent – it’s another way of trying to keep life simple and focus on God. A different way of looking at it is to take something up for Lent. It may be a good time to ‘turn over a new leaf’ – a bit like the pancakes we flipped, we can all have the chance to show a new side to us!
Maybe 2024 is the year we can use Lent as a time to make a positive effort to do something good. What are we going to do? A new day? A new week? A new year? No matter how flat the pancake, there is always two sides. We need a greater insight to realize this new year is a new opportunity to trust God. Faith does not jump into darkness, faith steps into the LIGHT!


‘Lead me from death to life’ (Come and Praise, 140) – often referred to as the Peace Prayer – is all about flipping the pancake & turning things on it’s head.

Lead me from death to life, from falsehood into truth;

and may I keep, through all my years, the wondrous joy of youth.

From dark despair to hope, from fear to trust in God,

from hate to love, from war to peace, keep leading me, dear Lord.

Let peace enfold my heart; in peace my soul immerse;

and may God’s peace pervade the world, then fill the universe!

In 1981 Mother Teresa urged everyone to use the Peace Prayer daily. And in the light of what’s happening in the world today (in Gaza, in Romania, in the Red Sea) maybe flipping the pancake is something all nations should consider to bring about peace.

Finally, read these words of Mother Teresa as she reflects on working toward peace:

“The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.

Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at; do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God and so light His light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power.”