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faithbook     A message for quiet meditation

by JAN FARROW, Lay Reader at Holy Epiphany



I’m not sure if its Spring cleaning time yet; I can’t say I am quite ready myself, I would like to see and feel a little more sunshine, not to mention energy levels rising. The garden is looking as if it needs attention, although we have managed to cut the grass which always makes it look tidier. The patio probably needs a power wash, and if I cleaned the insides of our windows, I could take in a lot more of what was going on in the outside world. So the list goes on. I am instead trying to focus on this picture with its positive message, rather than the list of jobs piling up. Is there ever a time when we can just sit, read and drink coffee? I expect when it arrives I shall be wishing I was doing other things - there is something about human nature that is never really truly satisfied, or maybe that’s just me !!

But enough of this. Have you noticed the wonderful magnolia trees around town, the verges filled with daffodils, the cherry trees beginning to blossom? We’ve just celebrated Easter, the news of the resurrection is here and now. The world needs to know God’s message of hope and new life. Easter is a season of fifty days and I have made the decision to do something positive. I’m not sure how hard it will be, but I am going to give it a go. I have decided to look around me, and make a real effort to notice some sign of new life every day. It might be a friend or neighbour doing something kind and life-giving for someone else: a word of encouragement spoken: trees breaking out into green leaf: children playing happily together: a sunset or sunrise.


Jesus came to bring us new life in all its abundance. In this next 50 days up to Pentecost why not join me? Let’s make a note of the ways in which we see how Jesus’ resurrection/this promise of new life can and does change not only us but the world around us. The world needs to know what God’s love can do, and he invites us to work with Him in his power.


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