May letter from Revd. Alan Perry

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

It was Julian of Norwich who wrote these inspired words that ‘all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’ They are words that are particularly poignant because they sum up the transformation in the followers of Jesus that we celebrate at His Ascension, for at this time strange, as it may seem we celebrate Christ leaving his disciples.  Ascension marks the culmination of the Passiontide and Easter seasons with Jesus, 40 days after his resurrection, returning to His Father, and our Father, to His God and our God.

But his leaving them is not a sombre occasion. It is full of joy and hope and reminds us how the disciples lives had changed, of how they had come to trust in God’s ultimate purpose for them and believed that all would indeed be well because Christ would always be with them.

By the Ascension they had come to understand that the Resurrection was not just a physical reality, as indeed it was, the tomb was empty but also it was an ongoing spiritual experience as well.

In other words when Jesus was physically alive and walking the earth his ministry was limited in the same way our lives are limited; we can only be in one place at a time, yet after the Resurrection, Ascension and God’s Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost, Jesus’ ministry was limitless.

We too are caught up in this resurrection life. Christians believe that despite all the trials and pains of this life, that all will be well, that Christ does sit at the right hand of God, guiding his Church and us his people, leading us through his spirit as he promises into “all truth‟.

Let us commit ourselves to live as people not limited by their fears but a people transformed by the Christ who is risen, ascended and glorified.

And remember especially in our darkest moments that……..

‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’

Join us for our Team Service to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday 25 May at Holy Trinity, Blythburgh at 7.30pm.

Reverend Alan Perry