Letter from our Vicar

Letter from our Team of Clergy and Readers - April 2018(Continued from Home Page)

So, we are now seeing signs of light, hope, and life, all of which should make us feel good as we turn our backs on the Winter and welcome in the Spring.

Spring and Easter share much in common. Both speak of the triumph of light over darkness. Daylight of some sort now occurs through much of our waking day; we open curtains earlier and close them later as winter’s all enveloping gloom slips away. For those of us who would be followers of Jesus we are reminded of the passage in the beginning of John’s gospel where we read that ‘the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’. Spring is a visual reminder of the truth of Easter – that, ultimately, light prevails.

Spring, like Easter, offers us the triumph of hope over despair. I have a friend who likes winter because he enjoys skiing every year (in fact, he is away on a skiing holiday as I write), and there are those who are sensitive to sunlight. However, most of us find winter gloomy and somewhat depressing. Some people suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and for them winter is, in a real sense, a depressing time of the year. So we look forward to Spring, as it heralds the hope of a new season, where moods lighten, and gloom lifts from us. Similarly, Easter brings a sense of hope. What is happening, or has happened, can be transformed in such a way that the darkness and depression may be lifted, to be replaced by the hope and possibility of brighter and better days ahead.

Spring also announces the beginning of new life. Winter landscapes seem so devoid of life. Spring suddenly brings to the natural world what can only be called a resurrection, with death replaced by life. Easter celebrates the amazing resurrection of Jesus, the Christian belief that, after being put to death, Jesus rose again from the dead. It is the central tenet of our faith, in which the resurrection assures us that death is overcome by new life.

Easter brings light, hope, and life. May you be richly blessed as we rejoice that Easter has come – Jesus is alive!

Mike Campbell.

 


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