The Fourth Sunday of Lent

John 3.14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’

The Serpent by Alison Wallbank


Serpents are cold blooded, that says it all.

They can hear the silent scream of a soul.

Yes, damaged souls are easy prey.

The serpent is skilful. Brazen,

it tricks us to trust it.

And feeds on shame and hides in shadows.

Yes, the serpent loves the darkness,

where it waits to strike, 

and injects its powerful poison,

which renders us powerless.

Yet the serpent needs light too!

It slithers to a warm rock to soak up the sun.

And shed its old skin. 

When they come into the light,

serpents are made new.

They are totally transformed.

That’s what the true light will do.