N.B. This letter was written in advance before the breakout of COVID-19. To read a special letter regarding the virus, please see my previous post.
Some say April is a Latin word meaning “to open," because it represents the opening of buds and flowers in spring. Having been 40 days without chocolate, I shall be opening many an Easter egg. As we think of Easter and spring, we also think of new growth and new birth. There is a freshness in the air.
A Prayer In Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
by Robert Frost
But of course, as Christians, Easter is the most important time of the year. It is the event that Christianity is based upon, the miracle of the resurrection. Do not listen to theologians who down cry the resurrection because it goes against physical nature, biology and all the known laws of the world. It is a sure and known fact witnessed by over 500 people, which changed the lives of the twelve disciples. They had not been made fools of; something happened to make their hearts lift again and this event sent all of them, bar John, tradition tells us, to horrible deaths. All of them could have saved their lives by denouncing the resurrection but none of them did. What more proof do we need that something amazing happened?
So, let us enjoy that resurrection experience, renew our faith in Christ and show by example God’s love for one another.
Fun Fact: Salt is mentioned around 30 times in the Bible but there is no mention of pepper.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon