Tomorrow is Easter Sunday; the most celebrated day in the Christian calendar. And for me, tomorrow is the epitome of hope. Because I believe that Jesus came back to life. So for me, Easter (tomorrow) represents Hope incarnate, which is the Hope of death being overcome, of evil overturned, of a promise that ‘all things work together for good for those who love God’.
There is far more to look forward to than Easter eggs and chocolate. There is a hope that things will get better; that there is a rainbow in the midst of all the tragedy, that even in pain God’s comfort shines through.
Today’s images represent light shining in darkness- the importance of speaking to pavement dwellers (taken prior to the pandemic) and the compassion that is shining through this Easter.
This compassion is everywhere; the food parcels dropped to people with learning difficulties that I speak with, the handmade Easter card that cheered someone up, my telephone call from my hairdresser who was thinking of me and so much more.
This Easter my egg is the gift of being alive, of having friends, of having parents who love me, of knowing I am safe and sleep in a bed, without needing to share my space with six others. It is a gift of living in the UK, a gift of freedom of speech and a gift of health. It is a gift of God.
Today’s recipe of hope is simply to consider your Easter gift beyond eggs. It is to consider resurrection;hope beyond the grave, eternal life. And if you do not have religious faith, it is to consider the true meaning of Hope in the midst of all this pain. Consider what Hope means to you; the kindness of others during these times and in past days. And if you are struggling, please ask for someone to help you.
I wish you all a truly blessed and hopeful Easter Sunday X