Today, on this Maundy Thursday I am acutely aware of a sense of loss. Due to continued Covid restrictions, 2 key elements of services usually experienced on this special day; the sharing of a passover meal, and foot (or hand) washing - a demonstration of humility and loving service, will not be able to take place. The times spent at home facilitated by Jess’ planning pack, will help fill the gap, but of course it won’t quite be the same. Indeed over the course of the last 12 months, we have all lived with deprivations of different kinds in a whole variety of ways, with some folk experiencing the ultimate loss of losing loved ones.
However, as we journey together through Holy Week, we look ahead with hope. Hope in the short term, as we await the joys of Easter Sunday, and where we look forward to a more participatory service than we managed last year, and with the gradual lifting of restrictions, longer term hope for the future too. We look forward to celebrating Jesus’ victory over the powers of sin and death, and yes whilst we might be aware aware of things we feel we might be missing out on, remember the words of St Paul.
"Yes, certainly, I count everything as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have forfeited the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ,” Philippians 3.8
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