This time of year seems all about resurrection. I’m looking out onto the garden as I’m sitting on my sofa typing this. We’ve planted lots of twigs that came through the mail that hopefully will become fruit trees and berry bushes in the next few weeks. Will also has lots of toilet rolls on the window sill with compost and seeds in them some of the shoots have started to show…..
This season is all about resurrection. The world begins to wake up after winter, daffodils come bursting out everywhere and the sun starts staying up longer and longer. What begins as a longing for the sun in midwinter starts to come true at this time of year as with it comes green leaves and flowers.
In our church too we are in the process of planting seeds and twigs that we hope will bear fruit. The surveys have gone out and we are waiting to see what comes back. The student house proposal will also have gone in by the time you read this. And the Mission Shaped Introduction courses are now finished…..while the preaching and community work courses continue.
We are now in a new place…..and we have no idea what will happen- as far as I know we are the first church to ever try all this on such a scale…..
But hopefully soon we will see buds and green shoots- roll on summer!
People talk about resurrecting things – old plans, old ideas. It’s usually when they can’t think of anything new or innovative. It’s a fall-back position, often a second best. The thing they resurrect often died a death some time ago – it was a good idea at the time, but for one reason or another it was left for something different or better or new.
When we talk about Resurrection in the Christian context we are talking about something completely different. You can spend hours of reading and study and debate as to what actually happened at the Resurrection. But one thing is for sure – the effect that it had on the disciples and the first Christians was enormous, and so significant that the Church grew and expanded through the world.
Resurrection is to do with all that is positive – growth, energy and vitality. When we celebrate Easter, it is not just telling the same old story, and trying to breathe life into a tired idea. It is more about celebration – seeing new growth, the seeds of change sprouting, and the possibilities of a fruitful harvest. This is not looking back to so called better days – it is a celebration of the here and now, and how God is making all things new.