Easter - different celebration, same message
These lovely pictures in a window say it all. This Easter we are restricted to worshipping via screens and, if we’re lucky, with the one or more people in our household.
People from Broughty Ferry churches would normally greet the dawn at Barnhill Rock Garden. If you look closely you can see two solitary walkers – this was around 7.15 am.
The daffodils added a touch of colour as well as a reminder that Spring – new life – is here.
Is this a cross? I’d like to think so – cleverly crafted on Broughty beach. “God forgave all our sins; he cancelled the unfavourable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross.” (from Colossians chapter 2, verses 13-14)
The peace and quiet of an early morning walk are a perfect time simply to enjoy God’s wonderful world. “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” (Psalm 113, verse 3)
Last year first thing in the morning I was with friends from Meadowside St Paul’s outside the V&A, overlooking the Tay and watching the sun come up over the road bridge.
On my way home this morning, I met another member of the congregation, so it feels as if we have celebrated together – which is how we’d all like it to be. God moves in mysterious ways.
I wish you a joy-filled Easter – may you feel the presence of the risen Lord beside you, as real as he was to Mary in the garden.
On a different occasion, after the death of Lazarus, Mary stayed at home and it was her sister Martha who went in search of Jesus. “If you had been here, sir, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will grant you.” This prompted Jesus to say the words that have brought comfort and hope to generations of Christians: "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever has faith in me shall live, even though they die, and no-one who lives and has faith in me shall ever die.” (from John 11, verses 20-26)
Let me end as I began, with a rainbow: this one has been lovingly created at St James’ Church, Broughty Ferry.