by The Revd Tim Robinson
Vicar of Helmsley and Upper Ryedale, Area Dean of Northern Ryedale, Chair of the House of Clergy, Diocese of York
Spring is in the air! In fact, as I write there are daffodils and crocuses springing up everywhere. So probably by the time you read this Spring will have sprung for sure!
The Christian observance of Lent and Easter is of course associated with the new life of Spring. Lent is a long period of waiting (Forty days and forty nights as the old hymns goes) and the Easter is the celebration of resurrection. Christ bursts from the tomb offering new life to all.
Most of our lives are a mix of both difficult and easier stuff, good and bad, light and shade – it’s called the human condition. The pattern of the seasons, especially winter in to spring, and the rhythm of the Christian year allows us to reflect.
This little Haiku by Mary Havran called Easter Lilies sums things up for me:
Trumpet shaped bloom
Good News sounds forth from tomb
Lilies shout Glory
May I wish you a joyful Easter.