Nothing is so beautiful as Spring
Growth is everything.
Flesh and fleece, fur and feather
Grass and greenworld all together.
- Gerard Manley Hopkins
When this article is published we shall be looking forward to the optimism of Easter; the Christian festival of Spring; rejoicing in renewal and resurrection; and yet I am a little uneasy about Christians with set smiles, who claim to be overflowing with their faith and belief.
Being a Christian is about continual growth, a departure platform, not a point of arrival. Like life, it is a journey with all its highs, lows and doubts. It isnt exclusive and everything is fully inclusive on arrival! If the Crucifixion and Resurrection are to mean anything to our world, it is the realisation that Jesus Christ came on the earth not to be served, but to serve. His is the ever-present example of service and concern for his fellow human beings. We need to emulate that example more than ever in our troubled world and local communities. How do we respond, Christian, non Christian, not so sure Christian?
We can begin by praying a little harder for peace; showing disgust at mans inhumanity to man; being alert to our neighbours need; and showing more sensitivity to our environment. Yet how can I make a difference? Desmond Tutu wrote, "In Africa we say a person is a person through other persons We believe unbuntu, which says humanity is caught up in our humanity and we are bound together inextricably in the bundle of life."
An article in the last Outlook began, "A glimpse can often be more magical than a long clear view." Take time for a glimpse at the Easter story. It never fails to have an almost magical quality and a stirring effect one that could encourage us to accept the challenge to search for the "long clear view". Will you?
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