faithbook A message for quiet meditation
by JAN FARROW, Lay Reader at Holy Epiphany
It’s been a strange few weeks, Rosie and I both had Covid over Christmas so, we have only recently celebrated with the family and exchanged our gifts.
I took heart when the Christmas cactus decided to show itself a week ago and I heard several references on the television about keeping your decorations up until Candlemas, 2nd February. But even I have had enough now; this article is due in tomorrow and life has to go on, the decorations have to come down, and by the time you read this even Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus will be back in the cupboard.
It’s time to turn away from the manger and begin to look towards Easter - the cross and the resurrection, Ash Wednesday is 22nd February, the beginning of Lent - it always seems so close to Christmas, I am just not ready. I will no doubt enjoy Shrove Tuesday when I can legitimately enjoy some nice fat pancakes, talking of which, I wonder how your new year’s resolutions are coming along. Exercise more, eat less, better planning, etc. ummm…., well there’s always next year.
But on a more serious note, although baby Jesus is metaphorically back in the cupboard until next Christmas, I hope he is still very present with you in your home and community. I went shopping yesterday and was surprised to see so many Easter eggs, but I also noticed all the red roses, hearts and valentine cards.
I love the Pooh bear quote about love: Love is taking a few steps Backwards, maybe even more to give way to the happiness of the person you love. A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all the difference. Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.
Here's a quote from the Bible: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.’
Yes it’s time to turn our eyes and begin the journey towards Easter, God’s springtime, new life. Help us to help each other Lord, each other’s burdens to share, show us how to love.