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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Judith Pollard

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April 2021

At this time of year, as we look forward with hope to Easter, we are mindful of the promise of Spring, of improving weather, brighter days and better times ahead. Our Christian hope in the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ sustains us always, even in the darkest times. Easter is hope personified.

I look to hymns for inspiration, the hymns we look forward to singing once more very soon.

Most of us will know the lovely hymn: Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy. Reassuringly familiar, it’s often chosen for weddings and funerals too as it takes us through our lives in a day, reminding us of God’s constant presence with us:

“Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, whose trust ever child-like no cares could destroy, be there at our waking and give us, we pray, your bliss in our hearts Lord, at the break of the day.”  

Every new day brings fresh hope! Perhaps child-like trust is in short supply at the moment, having been sorely tested  by numerous experts bombarding us with facts in a world where everything is impossibly complicated. Am I alone in finding statistics impenetrable/confusing? Trust in the time of Covid - where everyone is so suspicious and mistrustful of one another- is a huge challenge; and the trust “no cares could destroy” is perhaps beyond us, because our cares are many and hugely varied.

On a personal note, my mum is in a care home and I haven’t been allowed to see her for many months; her dementia has worsened because of the lack of family contact. Like so many families we are at our wit’s end as to how to retrieve this difficult situation. For everyone the waiting is endless and our patience is wearing thin.                  

We are vulnerable, our souls are weary, we yearn for replenishment and justice.

Another well-known Easter hymn: There is a green hill far away has the line “and trust in His (Jesus’s) redeeming love and try his works to do”.

Easter brings us joy and salvation.  It gives us a reason to carry on with hope in our hearts. We have never needed Easter so much as we do this year.  “This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow...” (another hymn!)  Trust in the Lord always; he will never fail us.

With blessings this joyful Eastertide,  

Reverend Judith


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