Easter Day will be just behind us as you read this. Easter is the most important festival in the Christian year and usually our services are full of happy people - some of which will have enjoyed hunting for eggs.
The Easter season, just like Christmas doesn't finish on Easter Day - it begins. In fact it doesn't end until Pentecost on the 15th May. That gives us 7 weeks to celebrate and give thanks that Jesus was willing to die on the cross so that we can have a full relationship with God.
At the same time along with us, creation also celebrates! Spring will be full flow - even if nature seems in a bit of a muddle at the moment. The birds will be rejoicing - even if we forget to do so - not worried or concerned about where the next meal will come from, what they wear is of no concern.
Jesus talks of the birds in Matthew's Gospel, chapter 6 saying: "Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
We are very precious to God and whilst I'm not recommending that we all 'go native' and give up our jobs and ignore our responsibilities, I am suggesting that if we spend sometime celebrating life, (using the birds as an example), rejoicing in all that is good in the world and in our lives, then our spirits will lift and we'll all feel closer to God.
Rev Wendy Evans
Diss Team Ministry