Hello everyone and Happy Easter to you all
I do hope you are all doing okay? Can you believe we’ve nearly reached Easter already? I don’t know about you, but 2021 seems to be absolutely flying by for me at the moment! CLOCKS go forward this weekend too. Spring is well and truly with us. The primroses and violets are in abundance in the hedgerows and the hedges are sprouting green shoots. The Pussy willow is fully out and the Horse Chestnuts did have sticky buds, but they are now bursting green shoots, in another few days we will see the miracle of Spring again as everything turns green. I have seen Hares in the fields down Sheepcotes Lane or should I say ‘Silver End Promenade.’ The Ducks are all pairing off and the Swans are back on the back pit and using their old nest site. On sunny days the Bees are buzzing and collecting nectar from the spring flowers. What an exciting time, spring is; so many good things ahead; the promise of new life. We connect Easter with thinking about new life, and the new life and hope that we can have through knowing Jesus as our friend and Saviour.
St. Paul writes: ‘You have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by the same Spirit living within you’ (Romans 8:10-11 NLT) Songwriter Alfred Ackley put it this way: ‘You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.’
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL DURING THESE
I expect like me you are looking forward to Monday 29th March when you can welcome a friend or family around to sit in the garden for a cup of tea and a chat. I am meeting up with a couple of friends next week, which will be lovely. It makes all the difference to be able to just see people in the flesh, we have missed human contact. Things are looking more positive as we follow the roadmap out of lockdown and let’s hope and pray that this time we will be able to relax the restrictions slowly and safely. What a year it has been. This time last year we would never have believed we would still be living in lockdown and have experienced such a traumatic and sad time. I am sure you are all wondering how you will feel, physically and mentally about living normally again and having the confidence to go out and about as you used to without a thought or care. We have all got used to living in our own little cocoons and you possibly may be feeling anxious about how you will feel as we return to normality. I can almost hear myself saying, don’t get carried away, we have been here before and look how that ended. We still have some way to go, but thanks to the brilliance of the science and medical experts who have created these vaccines we are very hopeful for the future.
Music:I know I keep chatting about the same old topics! I was thinking how much music is important to me and I am sure you too must appreciate how awful life would be without music. Isn’t it wonderful that there is music for all tastes and I am one that likes lots of different sorts. I grew up listening to Glen Miller, my Dads favourite, and of course I love 60/70’s music, my era! As I think I have told you before, music and singing have always played an important part of my life. As a child I was always singing, we all sang and whistled back in the day. Dad working on farms meant that we lived in quite isolated places when I was very young. I had the best childhood ever! So much freedom and fun living on the farms. When I look back on the things my brother and I got up too, health and safety would have a fit. How fortunate we were to grow up with so much freedom and without fear. That’s not to say that we didn’t know how to look after ourselves because, of course there were dangers but we were not held back by fear.
We didn’t have a television until I was much older but we always had a wireless. When my own family came along, the radio was always on at home and we had music as we travelled in the car, singing along to tapes of the Spinners, Jim Reeves, Don Williams, John Denver and of course the car radio. Even my children look back on those times with fond memories.
Music satisfies my moods, so many different types of music. It comforts and soothes us, and helps see us through the dark times. The world has got a lot noisier and we battle noise constantly, don’t we? But what joy we can feel to just immerse ourselves in music and indulge. The lyrics are very important too, I always give thanks to God for composers, lyricists and musicians, what a wonderful gift they have to share for us all to enjoy.
Below is one of my favourite hymns. I sang this as a solo in church when I was about 10. The words are easy to understand, but are powerful and a personal testimony, and very apt for Easter.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.” Psalm 104:33 ESV
So, Sing Your Hearts Out Everyone‼
It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t sing just let go and enjoy!