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The Lambfold Benefice

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Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team

MAY 2014

Reverend Carolyn writes....

As I think of you in these days before Easter we call Holy Week, there is bright sunshine and almost no wind. The flag on St Mary's is still. It is almost "too good to be true". All last winter in South Northamptonshire, we waited for something to happen that would upset our equilibrium. But the dire warnings of bitter weather never materialised. We had plenty of compassion for flood-bound places, and farmers helped out those in need, but we ourselves were untouched by harsh reality.

Is it perhaps harder to accept good times than to bewail the twists and turns of outrageous fortune? Is thankfulness something we pass by until we have another reason to complain? I think that Easter is one of those times when each of us is called to be deeply thankful. Many of course still believe that its promises are "too good to be true". Is it possible that God in Jesus has given us the chance of life beyond this material one? Can we take on board the promises of Jesus to be with us in His Spirit so that we can live life to the full and then carry on beyond death into a place of incomparable beauty and joy. Of course, if most of us could accept this as a real proposition, then there would indeed be a general rejoicing, a genuine outpouring of gratitude. But we are cautious. Perhaps those hordes of people who met with Jesus when he returned from the dead were at best misguided and at worst deranged.

So why am I writing these Easter thoughts when May is upon us and summer is round the corner? As Christ-followers we believe that now is the time to live as liberated people. That in each and every day we are called to shake off the dread of the worst that can happen, the panic of being unaccompanied in this life. We are called to raise our heads to the Son who at great cost has brought us the brightness of His company, to see us through the best and the worst of this year and all of our years.

Love and prayers,

Carolyn




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