Happy Easter

Yesterday, three young people in our church led the Easter Sunday service. It was based around a ‘butterfly eucharist’ written by one of the group.  The idea was to use the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly (via the cocoon), as a metaphor for Jesus’ death and resurrection. I was so proud of our young people who were aged 13, 14 and 15. 

During the service they encouraged us to think about how we could be involved in God’s plan to transform the world and as symbols of this we took part in two activities.

Firstly, we made this beautiful cross from butterflies decorated with drawings, prayers, words and names…

  

And then we potted sunflower seeds to take home, nurture, and then to plant somewhere unexpected in order to transform.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first earth had passed away ….  And the one who was seated on the throne said,”See I am making all things new … It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”‘ Revelation 21

Where have you seen transformation? in your community … in the world …? what part could you play in transforming them?

Have you experienced personal transformation?

May the risen Christ transform you today.

Christ’s Hands

  
Today is Good Friday, when we remember how an innocent man was condemned to death simply because he proclaimed a kingdom of justice and love – God’s Kingdom.  Today we remember the man Jesus who, in a mystery we cannot understand in this life, was also God.  Because the cross only makes sense if God sacrificed himself.

I felt moved to sketch the above picture and write this reflection on the hands of Christ …

These hands,
His hands.

Gnarled
Lined
Scarred
Tarred
Worn
Torn
Arthritic
Philippic
Healing
Feeling
Calming
Alarming
Touching
Crushing
Soothing
Accusing…

Accused.


His hands,
These hands,
Our hands.