I write this, we are waiting for the 'Beast from the East' to
strike, or will our dilemma be Emma? So far we have had
cloudless skies and wall-to-wall sunshine. True, the
temperatures have been close to zero, but no snow. As I
understand it, because the weather is coming from Siberia, it is
crossing the Eastern land mass, and therefore not collecting the
moisture as it would by coming from the West over the Atlantic
Ocean; that explains why we have had no need to use the de-icer
on the windscreen before setting out on the 16-mile journey from
Milborne Port to Silton. The screen has remained dry, and our
Citroen C3 - a sturdy little thing - has not let us down.
we reach Silton Church, we take delight in the beauty of the
snowdrops and aconites and yellow crocuses and wild daffodils,
which all look so fragile, but clearly are sturdy enough to
withstand the biting winds and low temperatures. (Having
written that observation, those little flowers may well now be
hidden from view under a mantle of snow!).
However I have to say they remain an inspiration, and
persist in being able to convey a message of constancy, of
beauty, of life, and give us reassurance that Spring is on its
way. They say to those of us who pass by steadfastly climbing
the church path and panting as we go, 'If we can put up with
present conditions, so can you.'
little flowers set an example of remaining true whatever the
conditions. They remind me of the times I have been inspired
following a visit to someone in a Hospice when their earthly
days are drawing to a close. Yet they still manage to retain
their smile, their interest in what is going on outside, not
least in the church or with our family. One leaves them in the
wonderful care of the staff, feeling more determined to show
others how we, like them, should persist in living each day as
fully as possible.
other situations, such as the gathering after a funeral, people
have expressed their gratitude with a note of surprise in their
voice that they had found some comfort and reassurance from the
Service – and had even enjoyed it.
This year we
will celebrate the unlikely surprise – that is, Easter Day – on
All Fools' Day, April 1st.
final week of March we will remember the events leading up to
the nailing of a living and totally innocent man to a cross on
which he died. For the Roman authorities it was the most
efficient means of execution. Then the young man, Jesus, was
laid out in a stone-cold tomb. But three days later he was
ALIVE! Following all that had happened, all that had been done
to him, well.......coming to life was so unlikely as to be
Well, we had
better believe it because IT IS TRUE. Only a fool turns their
back on what is true. On April 1st, don't let
anyone be a fool; instead, face the truth and welcome April 1st,
welcome Easter Day with open arms and joyful hearts; and be
able to proclaim CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!