Dear Friends,

“See what a morning…”

“Up from the grave he arose…”

“Jesus Christ is risen today…”

Did you get to sing your favourite Easter song this year?

And is your garden beautiful?   It’s that time of year, isn’t it – and even the slight chill in the wind can’t detract from the petals in so many colours – white, yellow, red, magenta, deep blue, orange, gleaming in the spring sun.

Two great sources of emotion and joy, then – Easter hymns and spring flowers. In Germany, daffodils get in on both acts – they are known as “Easter bells”.

Easter was an emotional time for the first disciples.

First came the crash landing of the crucifixion.   Then there was the shock, disbelief, wonder, amazement and sheer joy of the resurrection, a joy greater than anything produced by songs or flowers, a joy springing from new life in the midst of death.

During his time with the disciples, Jesus had tried to prepare them for his death.   And in both Mark and Matthew we read that he gave them this special promise: “After I have risen I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

Again according to Mark and Matthew, that promise is repeated by the messenger waiting by the empty tomb: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.”

Galilee is home.   Galilee is the place where the disciples can take up their normal life again, their daily rhythm, go fishing, think about what has happened, prepare for what is to come.  

We too have been busy and will be busy.   Busy worshipping, busy doing church, busy helping others.  We need occasionally to be kind to ourselves. We need for a little while to find our own quiet Galilee, where we can relax in God’s love and let him point the way for us.

God bless,

John Morton

Elder at Broxbourne