Well, this is an Easter with a difference and is not one any of us could ever have imagined.
The churches and chapels are locked, our public buildings are locked and we are restricted in all that we do for our own good, for the good of others and to help our NHS and other key workers.
I have come across many acts of love and heroism locally, nationally and internationally. People are doing great things and we applaud each and every one of them.
As part of the local pastoral care team I am aware that there can be a great deal of tension and fear too. We are all tense, short tempered and we get frustrated that we cannot hold conversations face to face as we would normally do.
So I suggest, at this Easter time, not just this Bank Holiday weekend….Easter in the church calendar last until Pentecost (Whitsun) at the end of May….we might endeavour to take time to be still, allow ourselves time to be calm, try to be patient; both in the queuing 2 metres apart and in our communications. Remember to be kind, there has been much evidence of that kindness, and also be generous, plenty of that in evidence too, be thankful for other people and for simply being alive and well, and, of course, be safe.
There are no Bible references for these but the whole of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection was based on these principles; these words are not just from the Christian faith but are echoed in all faiths and disciplines.
I pray that this Eastertime we can: