"Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!”
There is a saying that "a week is a long time in politics” – and certainly the events of the last few days in the political realm prove this to be the case. Equally, I find it hard to believe as I type that it is only a week ago, that I was in church with others, marking Maundy Thursday. Since then, amongst other things on Good Friday and Easter, we have experienced a sales pitch for “Medlock Mist”, discovered why one of 14 Joe McGraths had a particular stroke of good fortune when responding to a Facebook invitation, and managed to finally trigger the church fire alarm with the Easter flame! However of course, the main truth of Easter – Jesus’ victory over the powers of sin and death – continues to provide us with hope, a hope that lasts.
It was a great encouragement to see so many of us in church over the weekend, and our gathered presence certainly added to our worship together. I hope that either in small groups, as well as if possible, together, we can continue to gather, discovering and finding our hope in the One who died and rose again FOR US!
To close, a poem I came across, which I trust maintains something of the Easter hope:
by Joyce Kilmer
See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices;
Fields and gardens hail the spring;
Shaughs and woodlands ring with voices,
While the wild birds build and sing.
You, to whom your Maker granted
Powers to those sweet birds unknown,
Use the craft by God implanted;
Use the reason not your own
Here, while heaven and earth rejoices,
Each his Easter tribute bring-
Work of fingers, chant of voices
Like the birds who build and sing