We are in the season of Eastertide, a time in the Christian Calendar that will continue up until Pentecost, when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Time of reflection is over and this is the time of action and new beginnings in the resurrection of Jesus.
At home we may feel the need to have a good spring clean as the lighter brighter days also show all those things that were hidden in the wintertime such as dusty skirting boards and paintwork or cobwebs that are suddenly on show.
I personally have begun my spring clean by sorting through my wardrobe and feel embarrassed to say I have filled five bin bags with clothes. Five bin bags!! and I still have plenty. In a world so full of need how could I have accumulated so much stuff? How could I have held onto so many clothes that no longer fit, no longer suit me and that no longer fit into my lifestyle? And that is only the beginning I have to go through papers, books, music C.D.s, film D.V.D.s (of which there are loads), and ornaments, which is no mean feat, when you live in a family with the same characteristics of holding on.
In Chapter 3 of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament – written by King Solomon, described as the wisest of kings,- he tells us in our life there is a season for everything; a time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, a time to uproot; a time to kill, a time to heal; a time to tear down, a time to build up; and the list goes on with all different times and situations of life, which I am sure we can all relate to.
Reflecting on all of this I began to wonder how can I continually spring clean my life, so that I can let go of that which I no longer need, those things that serve neither me nor God – no purpose. A Christian author named Bill Hybels writes this “When we view our lives as a string of random days connected only by the calendar it is easy to over look the active movement of God.” And so it seems to me that, just as the seasons in our natural world change, so do the seasons in our lives and our churches change, to keep up with God and his purpose.
So I wonder if you would join me to think about what season you are in at this moment, both personally and as a church. What do you need to keep hold of and what do you need to let go of. Then pray to God about it asking for guidance and peace, remembering that the end of one season in just the beginning of the next and what ever it holds, good or bad, it is all part of Gods plan and God is good all of the time; that is His nature and that, in the words of the mystic Julian of Norwich, ““All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well”
Alleluiah He is Risen
A very Blessed Eastertide to you all