Hope says Rebecca Solnit is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky...hope is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. When we face the enormous challenges that we do, both abroad, here at home and in the struggles of our own lives, it is hope born in our imaginations and hearts that will sustain and nourish our faith in different possibilities for people to live together without fear or hatred. To live life in all its fullness, said Jesus.For Christians the source of such hope remains the extraordinary events that make up the season of Easter, where an apparently hopeless situation was transformed in the imaginations, hearts and lives of those who thought all was lost by the unexpected encounter with the One who they thought had gone forever and whose dream had gone with Him, nailed to a cross by the Empire of the day.
The unexpected and barely understood event that we call the resurrection, rekindled hope that had been seemingly buried in the tomb of Gethsemane. And ever since, men and women through the ages have discovered the transforming power of that hope in their lives; sometimes revealed through gestures of service and help; other times through brave refusals to remain locked in tombs of despair and helplessness. Sometimes through small apparently insignificant actions, other times in joining together with others in finding new ways of living. In the face of impossible situations, hope makes the present bearable and the future possible and full of surprises.
At Easter a new power was released in the world, inviting us to reimagine ourselves and in so doing give birth to new possibilities - as we step out in hope. With every blessing for this season of Easter
The Rev Jonathan Morris
Vicar of Haselbury, North Perrott and Misterton
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