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The Rector Writes... 

Life is full of its highs and lows, and the theme of “journeys” has been exercising my mind throughout Lent.
 
When we set out on a journey to the dentist, we may be dreading it and fearful, but our return journey is (hopefully!) filled (if you’ll pardon the pun!) with a sense of relief! We may journey to a job interview and be filled with hope on the outward journey, but return with a sense of disappointment if we haven’t got the job. We may go on a journey to a holiday destination with a dread of leaving behind all the things we need to do… but on our return journey we feel refreshed and more prepared to tackle those things. Highs and lows.
 
And, as I was thinking through the idea of journeys, I couldn’t help remembering those in Christchurch, New Zealand, who set off on a journey to the Mosque to worship, something many had done many times before, and some never returned or returned scarred both physically and mentally by the senseless attack which took place. Let’s continue to remember them and their grieving or hurting families and friends in our prayers.
 
Through Lent we share the journey of our Lord, and we see Jesus journeying to Jerusalem, even though he knows his life is at risk there, and his disciples, we’re told, lag behind, perhaps fearful of what the future holds or just missing the point of the journey. Then we see their joy on Palm Sunday as Jesus journeys into Jerusalem, apparently in triumph, but then their hopes and dreams collapse when he is arrested, tortured and crucified. Then on that first Easter day some of them journey to the tomb and find that Jesus has been raised from the dead and, again, their journey back home is filled with joy!
 
Highs and lows, happiness and sadness, hopes and disappointments… our life journey is a mishmash of all of them in various degrees at various times.
 
BUT… and it’s a big BUT (!), as Christians God constantly reminds us, he is with us both in the highs and the lows, and that at the culmination of our journey, there is an eternal “high” as Jesus promises his followers a place in his kingdom.
 
So, like Jesus, our death and resurrection are not the end of our journey… but only the beginning of a new phase, continuing into eternity.
 
kevin for rector writes  The Revd Kevin Ashby
 

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