The Rector's Letter - April 2017
The Churches of St Lawrence,
Effingham
and
All Saints, Little Bookham

‘Get a life’, won’t you?’

Have you noticed the many signs of spring that are appearing? Each year I am delighted to see bulbs emerging in the garden, lambs skipping in the fields and once again there is the ‘promise’ that my garden will emerge afresh as new green leaves adorn the trees. New life is being ‘re-born’ in all its natural glory.

You may have heard the comment: ‘Get a life’ – it is perhaps not to be taken as a compliment, but rather as a dismissal when we are fussing about something insignificant. Let’s face it, much of what we worry and fuss about can, on retrospect, seem of no consequence. We recognise that many mundane tasks need to be done, but when they become the focus of our existence maybe we are ready for a ‘life review’.

The crux of the matter seems that our lives need a purpose, something that gives meaning to it today and offers a future, even when engaged in mundane tasks. Christians believe that Jesus Christ offers a life that is as ‘full’ as God intended it to be. In John’s gospel Jesus says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

You can live for many years and yet be dead to that full life. The Bible also says “As death came through one man so the resurrection of the dead comes through another also, for as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will come to life.” (1 Corinthians 15: 21-22).

The Easter Story tells of the crucifixion of an innocent man – a regular mundane task to the executioners of the time - and yet death did not have the final say. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead and a new life began. And the story does not end there: as followers of Jesus Christ we can lay claim to that new life too – a life full of focus and purpose. So with the coming of spring and the many signs of new life, why don’t you ‘Get a life’ too – and I mean that in the best possible way!

God bless you all and Happy Easter,
Your Rector, Mandy



 
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