Some thoughts for Easter
I find it hard to believe that we have been living with Covid-19 for over a year now. Easter comes to us a second time but at least this year we shall be having our Easter Day service in Church at 10.30am. Not quite the usual service but wonderful to have this opportunity to meet together again and celebrate Holy Communion. The social distancing rules will still apply of course, so the church building will be prepared accordingly.
In more normal times, we would see the children from Christ Church CE Primary School coming into church for their Easter service; going through the old, old story and for some children, experiencing that story more fully for the first time. For some it will be familiar and for others it can be that they have only really heard part of it before.
That can be the case for adults too – sometimes we skip the death of Jesus and go straight to the resurrection. Whilst focussing too much on death isn’t good for us, to miss it out completely is hard too; otherwise we won’t have a complete picture of life. Maybe we miss death out because we can’t really believe that there is anything more or we simply hope that part will somehow not affect us.
I believe that if we enter into the whole Easter story we will be enabled to have an amazing view of both life and death. Life in all its fullness doesn’t end but goes on into eternity. How can this be? By simple trust and faith in Jesus Christ – that his sacrificial life and death made a difference; that by dying he enabled us to be forgiven and gave us a way back to God our Father.
Remember what we have experienced this past year, who could forget? Easter helps us to make sense of the brokenness that we see around us and experience in our own lives too. There has been much to grieve and people to mourn. Great loss has taken place across all sections of society but particularly for those whose lives were already difficult.
Our church has felt like it’s been in hibernation at the least; we have been able to keep in touch but not in the way we would hope. Let’s be patient and trust in our risen Lord to bring about renewal and restoration of all that is good; and help us to leave behind that which we no longer need. Let us look to a hopeful future, even when we feel beaten down.
This Easter as we celebrate new life in so many ways, let us find joy in creation, in seeing what had been dead rising again to new life as the flowers, shrubs and trees put out buds, shoots and fruit. It is a great celebration which gives us a vision of the cycle of life in this world and beyond. May our shared faith give us resilience for the ongoing situation brought about by the pandemic and may we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ (John 11.25-26)
Wishing you a blessed Easter,
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff