From the Vicarage, May 2017
Spring is now well and truly upon us and there are signs of new life and growth all around. The days are becoming both longer and warmer. This is a time to be optimistic and enjoy life.
Of course, in the church year we are still in the season of Easter; it doesn't end on Easter Sunday after the busyness of the preceding week, but continues for seven more weeks up to Pentecost. It is therefore appropriate that our thoughts stay focussed on the Easter message of resurrection life, of that new life we will be able to enjoy in a place infinitely better than anything we can imagine on this earth.
The month of May is also a time of anticipation, as we look forward to Pentecost, the third great festival in the church year; a time when 2,000 years ago the church was born with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And it is this same Holy Spirit that is with us today, giving us both joy and peace in our hearts, enabling us to live life to the full and to appreciate the wonderful world which God has created.
I hope that you will be able to get outside in the coming weeks — to walk, to do gardening or just have a quiet sit in the sun — and as you do so, to reflect upon your life and say thank you to God for whatever blessings he has sent your way.
God bless, Tim and Norma
Psalm 118: 24 'This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.'