Team Letter from Revd. Alan Perry

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen’.

Matthew 28:5-6

As we began this new decade in January of this year no one could have imagined the unchartered world we are now in. Churches are closed. Social interaction with each other face to face is forbidden, including with family who do not live in the same household, and all places that we took for granted as places to while away our time – sports grounds, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, pubs, clubs, cafes are closed. Many businesses are going or are likely to go to the wall and the certainty of future employment and prosperity has never felt quite so fragile in modern times.

So, we are quite at liberty to ask, where on earth is the good news of resurrection this Easter?

It was Maya Angelou, the American poet, who said, ‘Every storm runs out of rain’. This is such a profound statement, as many of us celebrate in our homes and over social media the good news of Christ’s resurrection!

At this moment we are still in the midst of this current storm, caused by the Corona Virus. In time the storm will run out of rain and we will once again come together in community with one another. I am not sure that life will ever return exactly to the way it was before, but if most people are kinder to reach others and to themselves then perhaps our new world order won’t be so bad after all. Acts of kindness are manifold at this moment, and we are all so grateful for the NHS, for anyone providing any kind of service at this time and for the myriad volunteers helping the vulnerable.

At Easter, the risen Christ says to each of us today, ‘Do not be afraid’.

As we look for the dawn when the pandemic is past let us hold on to hope and faith that the new world order will be better than the one we have left behind. Remember, ‘Every Storm runs out of rain’.

Rev. Alan Perry