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A Letter from The Reverend Canon Ruth Pyke March 20, 2018

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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‘The winter is past’. We hope that this is so. We have endured snow and cold, the ‘beast from the east’, Storm Emma and the ‘pest from the west’. But with each day we see more signs of spring and longer brighter days. April, the month in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for ‘folk to go on pilgrimage’, and the ‘elm tree bole in tiny leaf’ in Robert Browning’s Home Thoughts, from Abroad. The month of April brings a change. There is a lovely passage in the Bible which speaks of the return of Spring:

See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise my love, my fair one and come away.

(Song of Solomon)

It is a popular reading at weddings of which there are three in our parishes this year. This is good – the hope and excitement and joy which surrounds a wedding is lovely and we welcome couples who wish to begin their married life in one of our churches.

Marriage at its best is about a relationship which allows each person to grow and flourish, and is life giving and life enhancing. This is why marriage is used as the image of the relationship between God and humanity. In Jesus, God came into our world, healing, blessing, eating and drinking. He was life giving and life enhancing – not repressive, not a killjoy. He loved this world so much that he was willing to give his life. In the great 50 days which follow Easter Day, we give thanks for all our life-giving relationships, for all that gives life and enables us to grow and flourish, and especially for Jesus Christ who offers a life and a love which even death could not destroy.

Ruth