March Letter

Dear Friends

Ash Wednesday (start of Lent) falling on St Valentine’s Day, and Easter Day on April Fools Day……..means that I am sure there will be many a  joke circulating. The only one I have heard so far, is that the Pope has cancelled April Fools Day, as it is not Holy.

But Valentine’s and April Fools are essentially about love and fun – things that I am quite sure God approves of. And for me, I have taken that theme of love throughout my Lenten journey. Thinking about the people I love, and what they really mean to me – and how those people have shaped me into the person that I am now. So I am actually very grateful for the connection, as it has made me stop and really reflect on a fundamental aspect of life. Fundamental, but so often missed, ignored, neglected or worse still taken for granted. Love is the most amazing gift from God, and we should treasure, nurture and share that love.

And then as I come to the end of 40 days reflecting on love, friendships, family etc I am ready for the “fun” bit. Easter is an incredible time of the year – a time where our hope is renewed and we can be restored again in faith, hope and love. It truly is worth celebrating….and if you want to be a bit foolish – why not ?!

But I am acutely reminded of the words of St Paul “ The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength”.

A reminder that the biggest fools on 1st April are those who ignore the “reason for the season”…… Easter Day itself. The day when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Something which man’s wisdom cannot understand fully. But a bit like love, it is not the understanding that is important, but the experience.

This year is exciting – as in Brookland on Easter Eve (night before Easter) we are hosting a Benefice Service where we will be lighting a beacon outside the Church as part of our Easter Vigil. But also a very rare treat this year – is that Easter day falls on a “Fairfield” Sunday. So we are actually able to celebrate Easter at Fairfield at 10am. I have never celebrated Easter at Fairfield – so something I am very much looking forward to.

So please do take a careful look at our services across the Marsh over Easter – and come and experience both the love and the fun !

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

God Bless

Revd Shuna


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