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Thought for the week

"What a joy to see the daffodils flowering - so cheerful, so up-lifting with their sunshiney colour speaking of Spring and

brighter times. Thank God for his wonderful creation. Let's delight in the love he shows us through the little things in our lives:

a good night's sleep; daffodils; birdsong; primroses; the sound of bees. Let's be thankful for the kindness he gives us through

friends, family, neighbours. Can we be a channel for God's kindness to other folk? (A phone call, text, email, card, a smile.)

 

Let's thank God for the good effects that the vaccinations are having on the wider national community, and for all the NHS

staff and volunteers working so tirelessly. Let's continue to be sensible, and thoughtful for others as lockdown begins to ease.

 

Thank you dear Lord Jesus, that your steadfast love for us never ceases; your mercy and loving-kindness never come to

an end - they are new every morning. Thank you for your faithfulness and for being with us always, our companion and

friend, through thick and thin. Amen"

 

 

Blessings

Gill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, if you have a Bible to hand do read Luke 24:13-35

 

It might seem rather strange to have the Emmaus road in the first week of lent, but as this is the week we get a plan for coming out of Lockdown I wanted to give us all some Resurrection Hope too!

 

The wonderful story at the end of Luke’s Gospel tells of Jesus’s followers walking on the road to Emmaus and talking about all the dire events that had just happened in Jerusalem, culminating in the Crucifixion of their friend Jesus. They are bereft and angry, mourning, sad, disappointed. Above all they feel let down. As we often do when a friend lets us down or does not come up to expectations.

They get talking to this stranger, and castigate him for not knowing what has been going on “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”

In their grief they simply do not recognise him, much as Mary initially failed to recognise the risen Christ in the Garden, until he called her name.

It is not until Jesus breaks bread with them in the house in Emmaus that the scales fall from their eyes and they finally recognise him Luke 24:30
“When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him;” 

When we hope, it is for something yet to come, “but if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” Rom 8:25


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