Alan writes – a thought from N.T. Wright’s latest book ‘Surprised by Hope’ about resurrection Sunday - Easter was about the wild delight of God’s creative power. It was about the real Jesus coming out of the real tomb and getting Gods real new creation under way. So why spend forty days keeping Lent, preaching about self denial, being at least a little gloomy, and then only have a single day of celebration? Why not have an eight day festival, with champagne served after morning prayer? Was it any wonder people found it hard to believe in the resurrection of Jesus if we didn’t throw our hats in the air? This was our greatest festival! Take Easter away and you don’t have Christianity.’
Paul writes - Hoping that wherever you are you’re able to see the small (and large) signs of resurrection and new life (and possibility). Some how Jesus' resurrection means the world is different, even when it feels the same. May we each learn to creatively and imaginatively live as resurrrection people - to carry with us, and to embody in small ways the "already-but-not-yet" realities of God's plan working its way into the ordinary and everyday stuff of our lives and contexts. Happy Easter to you from the both of us. Jesus has risen…!