Tuesday’s Easter Greetings
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from Anne, Neil and James Carr
Sychnant Pass Road garden, Conwy
from Sarah Swallow,
Tal-y-Bont & Llanbedr-y-Cennin
“Happy Easter! God bless”
from Phil and Sandy Hughes, Gyffin
Sandy Hughes reflects how she misses our embracing of one another at
this time, and how it is we can look to Christ for the hug we so badly need
A hug from Jesus
In the run-up to Easter there were many occasions where I so missed meeting up with those dear Christian brothers and sisters at St. John’s Methodist Church, Conwy and St. Benedict’s Church, Gyffin. I couldn’t share the ‘Peace’, couldn’t share a hug, especially with those who were sad, hurting or grieving. My mum died just as the whole Coronavirus ‘isolation’ was beginning. No-one in St. Benedict’s on the Sunday afterwards was able to give me a hug – it saddened them and it saddened me.
In these weeks of self-isolation, we have been walking from our gate onto the local hills and it has been calming, giving lots of time for thinking. My mind has gone back to a story that I have told for several Christmases to children and families during Advent for the last two years. This story is part of the Godly Play series of stories using small wooden figures. The stories are told quietly and simply with the storyteller holding up each figure. We all gather in a circle focusing our attention on the little figures in the story of the Holy Family at Christmas time, as they appear one by one. Towards the end of the story, we bring out the small figure of the Christ Child, his arms outstretched: “here is the little baby reaching out to give YOU a hug.”
Then we show the larger figure of the Man Christ and again He has his arms outstretched: “that baby in the manger grew up to be a man and died on the cross. That is very sad, but it is also wonderful, in an Easter kind of way. Because now the Risen Christ can reach out and give the WHOLE WORLD a hug. He is not just back then, in this place or that place. He is everywhere, and in every time.”
And this is how the story of the Holy Family at Christmas ends, pointing to why Christ was born as that baby in a manger, that Christmas is not the end of the story. Jesus, the Risen Christ, is always there with His arms held out wide to give you a hug, to give us a hug whenever we need one.
At this time of isolation, there are so many who need a hug – of friendship, of love, of assurance, of compassion, of empathy. You cannot hug them, I cannot hug them. I cannot hug you, you cannot hug me, but the Christ Child in the manger, who is now the Risen Christ can. He always has his arms outstretched to give you that hug, when you most need it. He is not back there just in those times – in that manger, on that Cross, in the garden on Easter morning. He is here, in this and every place, where He is needed at this time. Everywhere and every time.
(Jesus said) “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28: 20
(Dywedodd Ieus) “Gallwch chi fod yn siŵr y bydda i gyda chi bob amser, nes bydd diwedd y byd wedi dod.”
Mathew 28: 20
“Wild Spirit of the raised up Son,
be the healer of my hurt,
the holder of my hand;
the One who seeks better things for me
even when I can’t.” Amen
“Ysbryd Gwyllt yr atgyfodegid Fab
bydd yn iachawr fy mriw,
gafaelwr fy llaw
yr Un sy’n ceisio pethau gwell i mi
hyd yn oed pam ni fedraf.” Amen
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