I always think there is a certain optimism in the air, as we turn the corner of the year into Spring. The dark nights of winter are now a thing of the past and the sun begins to shine for a little longer.
Driving past Stangmore, you are greeted by the beautiful daffodils. As the old saying goes, “Spring has sprung!” It is good to be optimistic and hopeful for the future, even with the uncertainty regarding Brexit. As Christians our response should always be to pray for our nation and its future and to trust knowing that God is on the throne and he is Lord.
What do we base our hope on at a time of uncertainty and some would say national crisis? In this season of Easter, we focus our attention on the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The risen Jesus gives us a real and firm hope, that even when He had been hounded to death and buried in a tomb, death and the grave could not hold him. Real hope and real optimism for the future of our church and community is found in Christ. ‘On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.’
There is so much around us in the world that is negative and pessimistic; let us build the future of our parish based on the positive hope that is found in Christ.
I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Outlook.
Your friend and Rector Andrew
Your friend and Rector Andrew Forster