It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but I hope you are getting chance to enjoy a few of the new freedoms we have at the moment. I have spoke to a number of people who are excited to get back to the gym. It will come as no surprise to you that going to the gym is not high on my priority list but it's great to see so many people so happy. I'm looking forward to the May date when we can go back to meeting others indoors. I love the outdoors but it's still not quite been warm enough for me to visit family yet who live a bit further away. I love them dearly but sitting in the garden or in a park in the hail, sleet and snow does not sound fun.
It was also really encouraging yesterday to meet with a few others to begin thinking about what we might be able to start doing again in the near future as church. It finally feels like we are starting to see a way to get back to being able to do the things that we do best in the way that we would want to do them. So keep listening to the notices because hopefully there will be good things beginning to happen over the next few months.
Right now, everything feels hopeful and that's exactly as it should be. We are still in the season of Easter and are still celebrating the great news of the resurrection. The stories we read on a Sundays are so full of joy as we hear of various resurrection appearances in the lead up to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. And that joy and hope is not just for those people living 2000 years ago but it continues for us today. Jesus is alive, he is with us by his Holy Spirit and, despite the all the challenges and sorrows, he brings us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Great is his faithfulness!
Why not spend some time thanking him and praising him today? Sing along to a hymn or worship song (there are some great ones out there) or spend a few moments giving thanks - you could even start a gratitude journal.
Whatever you have planned for today I hope you have a great one.