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Well it’s encouraging to think that there are now plans in place for the gradual easing of restrictions which will be taking place over the next few months. How things develop and whether these particular targets can be met remains to be seen, but it’s good to have something to hope for and look towards as the days go by. I’m sure we’ve also enjoyed the better weather and the sense that spring is in the air. Again, this fills us with hope and the expectation of change. My hope is that we might be able to have outside services on Palm Sunday (March 28th) in both our Benefices. I find it interesting that both myself and Amy have already touched on the theme of hope at different times in our midweek reflections. It doesn’t surprise me that this has been the case as hope is so crucial to our very existence as human beings. With that in mind, let me share with you this piece that Juliet Rees sent out on behalf of the MU a couple of weeks ago. It comes from the Missionary Sisters of St.Charles, Borromeo in Honduras. I found it inspiring.

To have hope
is to believe that history continues open
to the dream of God and to human creativity.
To have hope
is to continue affirming
that it is possible to dream a different world,
without hunger, without injustice,
without incrimination.
To have hope
is to be a courier of God
and courier of men and women of good will,
tearing down walls, destroying borders,
building bridges.
To have hope
is to believe in the revolutionary potential of faith,
is to leave the door open so that
the Spirit can enter and make all things new.
To have hope
is to begin again as many times as necessary.
To have hope
is to believe that hope is not
the last thing that dies.
To have hope
is to believe that hope cannot die
that hope no longer dies.
To have hope is to live.

For ourselves as Christians, of course, we have a particular hope – one that is steadfast and certain because it is built on the promises of Christ. We know what Jesus has done for us in the past by dying on the cross, we know what he is doing for us in the present as he empowers us with his Spirit, and we know what he will do for us in the future by taking us to be with him in heaven. That past, present and future dimension to things gives us a framework for our lives. What a privilege it is to have such hope and what a responsibility too. I think it is summed up well in a couple of lines from one of the prayers that was commissioned by the Archbishops to be used as part of the Prayer for the Nation initiative during this present Covid crisis:

‘Bring to us your peace and comfort.
And fill us with your Spirit that we may be bearers of your
Grace and hope to others’
In dark times, particularly, people need hope. Let’s graciously model that in our community today.

Every blessing, James