Splashes of white

Home » Covid-19 » Worship @ Home resources » Splashes of white
Yellow flowers

Todays reflection on the Circuit YouTube Channel comes courtesy of Ruth Coward a member at All Saints Methodist Church and one of our Local Preachers. Thank you Ruth!

There are virginal splashes of white in the garden.

It is the "Bride" shrub ruthlessly moved last year from one part of the garden to another.

But it is Spring and it is flowering. The delicate splashes of yellow from the daffodils and forsythia bush, wave in the breeze. The tulips slowly push through the soil until they are erect.

Yes! all around signs of Spring are here. Signs of God's presence and the beautiful world He has made. The birds are singing, many of them the beautiful rippling cadences we associate with Spring; the busy little hedge sparrows flit and squabble in the hedge.

Yes! Spring is here and all around us we experience the stirrings of joy and thanksgiving in our hearts.

But no! The busy road in front of our gates is empty, there are no noisy children passing on their way to and from school. What is wrong? Beyond the firmly closed gates strides an unseen enemy, an invisible killer, a death bringer we do not understand.

The beautiful garden again re-assuring of God's creativity and love holds back an unseen horror. Will our barred gates and high fence keep us safe?

But no! Two thousand years ago God acted in an invisible way, in a creative way of love — He sent his Son.

A Son who hung on a cross, a Son who suffered unbelievable pain and horror.

A Son who, by His death left a terrified and bewildered band, but a Son who three days later defeated death and fear.

A son who is here today — right here — in the middle, the epicentre, of our present bewilderment and fear. A son, Jesus, who is here in our darkest hour.

A Jesus who is here bringing comfort to the elderly man, alone in the silent flat.

Jesus, who is with the doctors in a crowded ward, helping patients fighting to inhale the very air around them.

A Jesus in the crowded refugee camps in Syria where the people wait in fear for the arrival of the virus and certain death

A Jesus with the weary doctor playing the piano at the end of his shift to sooth and calm the patients and colleagues.

He is there beside the priest sprinkling holy water over the rows of coffins in the empty church

He is there with the woman dying alone, without her beloved family, in the chaos and panic of a crowded ward.

He sits by the exhausted delivery truck driver anxious to take supplies for empty supermarket shelves.

Jesus is with the stressed young pharmacist desperately trying to find the correct drugs for the anxious mother standing there.

Yes! The suffering Jesus walks in gardens full of breath taking beauty, gardens full of the promise of Spring, but He moves through our suffering, painful bewildered and terrified world.

He is there! He is there!

He is there at the very heart of our suffering and fear.

He is there!

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Image: 4- The Next Steps Poster - Harvest
WMC: Thu 16 Sep 3:00pm

This year we are happy to say that we shall be able to hold out Harvest Festival in the Chapel on Sunday September 26th, and, as is our practice, we will be supporting the life-changing work of All We Can.Their theme for this year's campaign is "Next Steps", focussing on the Nkayi district of Zimbabwe, and during the service, we will hear stories of the community from Nkayi...

streetpastorslogo-M215991
WMC: Wed 15 Sep 3:12pm

Sharon Tedford is a Christian singer, songwriter and will be performing at 7:30 pm on Friday 15th October at Wantage Baptist Church, Mill Street. Wantage and Grove Street Pastors welcome back to Wantage this October. Free entry with an opportunity to give to Wantage & Grove Street Pastors. Advance booking is essential — call: 07554 655 594 or email: wantageandgrove@...

harvest, farming, crops
WMC: Wed 08 Sep 1:30pm

From the Manse.....This has been the first full year on our allotment and it has to be said that it's been an interesting one to say the least. Whilst our shallots, beetroot, sweetcorn and courgettes have done well, other crops have suffered in one way or another and have struggled. A combination of blight, slugs, deer and critters that have nibbled their way through some of our produce...