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May Parish Letter

2 May 2022

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May Parish Letter

Rev’d Ben Edwards

I’ve been thinking about Julian of Norwich, the 14th century Christian mystic who had powerful visions of Christ’s passion and God’s relationship to creation. One of the messages Christ gave her in her visions was, “All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well”.

Cold comfort in these times, as we struggle to shake off the pandemic, tighten our belts as prices rise and wages stay static, as the horrific spectre of war stains the ground of Ukraine. No sooner do we see what appears to be light at the end of the tunnel than we realise it could be a juggernaut heading straight for us!

However, Julian’s visions bore more than this message – she saw the love that God has for all creation, as she saw everything that is as no bigger than a hazelnut, cradled in God’s hand, and that we are “soul and body, clad and enclosed in the goodness of God”.

Despite the groaning and struggling of the world, when we feel as if we shall languish in this half-light, this hinterland, we are reminded that this too shall pass, and that the tough times do not last forever.
Goodness is relentlessly present, inextinguishable, and prevails against the darkness in the end. Amidst the ashes of the forest ravaged by fire, the green shoots eventually burst forth, heralding new life, new creation, resurrection!

Let us not leave behind our Easter celebrations. Let us carry them with us, together, forward into the gloaming of our present times, and guide each other through to the newness and greenness of what lies ahead of us, knowing that God’s love is all around us.
“The greatest honour we can give God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of her love”.

The Rev'd Fr Benjamin Edwards
Vicar of Great Barton & Thurston