Last night I was having dinner with some farming friends, who were telling me of the continuing dire situation within the Farming Industry and as milk prices continue to fall, the smaller family business is in jeopardy of becoming unsustainable. As we chatted there was a sense of hopelessness about my friend’s situation.
Hope is so important to us all, hope for a better future for our children and grandchildren, hope for a decent lifestyle, good health, hope for peace and yet we are all too aware of the hopeless situations which many in our world have to endure. Almost nightly we see images of despair on the news bulletins, and we wonder how people who suffer so much cling on to hope.
You will be reading this letter at Easter; a time of joy and celebration, yet I am writing it at the beginning of Holy Week, a week of suffering and pain, and yet perhaps we cannot know the full joy of Easter if we have not experienced the pain of Good Friday; without death we cannot know resurrection, we can’t have one without the other.
I know that Jesus lives and his Resurrection is central to my own faith and gives me hope at times of darkness.
Jesus for me, is no longer a figure solely confined to the historical stories of the bible. He is no longer a figure of flesh and blood confined by time and space; he is a reality who can enter a locked room and journey with his followers, through doubt, fear, grief, uncertainty and hopelessness.
‘Jesus Lives’ are the words of that well known Easter Hymn and they are as true today as when they were first written in the 18th. Century.
During this Easter Season we can rejoice that Jesus defeated death, evil and the darkness and terrors of the tomb and that his resurrection brings New Life and Hope to us all.
With my Love
Psalm 31 verse 24:- Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
On the Road to Emmaus
As we walk away defeated and disillusioned
Jesus meets us.
As we sling insults at one another,
Jesus stands alongside.
As we tell our stories of bemusement and betrayal,
As we stand gloomily
Jesus waits, ever patient
And then breaks in
Walking with us.
Opening and explaining
Accompanying, comprehending, unpacking
Until the moment comes in an ever familiar action
When we realize that the one for whom we waited
Has been present all along…..
Hebrews Chapter 11 verse 1.
Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.