Christmas cactus at Easter!

Home » Minister's Musings » Christmas cactus at Easter!
Christmas cactus

From the Manse......

Whether it is due to global warming and its associated changes or some more mundane reason the fact is that our Christmas cactus is behaving strangely.

Sitting proudly on the windowsill in our kitchen it is flowering magnificently! The bright pink flowers that bloomed throughout Advent just a few months ago are back once more in timely fashion to accompany us on our journey through Lent towards Easter.

It is a visual reminder of how these two festivals are intimately and inextricably connected, helping to both explain and make sense of one another. Together, they complete our understanding of Jesus.

After all, what is Easter but the fulfilment of the Christmas story and without the message of the incarnation there would be no resurrection.

We are reminded of this fact in Horatius Bonar's Easter hymn "Rejoice and be glad! The redeemer hath come: Go, look on his cradle, his cross and his tomb"

The flowers remind us of the new life that is to be discovered in that which has finished and is all over.

The flowers speak of hope and surprise and in doing so allow us to trust God for the future that is yet to come even as we are taken unawares by him in the present.

The flowers tell us that even as we await the transforming dawn of Easter Day, we are not abandoned in the darkness that surrounds us for even in the messiness of the world there are signs of light, hope, peace and love that we can hold onto.

As this year, we come towards the finish of our Lenten journey prepared to enter into Christ's passion, we are very aware that we living through the darkest times for many an age.

However, the truth of Christmas tells us that even so, we are not alone and that the Christ child is with us, whilst the glory of Easter and resurrection tells us that the Christ light has and never will be extinguished by the darkness of the world.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

With love and God bless 


popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Clothes swap
WMC: Sun 01 May 11:52am

Our church will be hosting the next Clothes Swap on Sat 21st May in the hall.Why shop when you can swap?Bring clothes, shoes and accessories you no longer wear and swap them for something you'll love! (No underwear, swimwear, nightwear or earrings please.) To take part bring at least 1 clean and presentable item to swap. You can take away as many items as you bring in, extras can be...

man with newspaper, news
WMC: Sun 01 May 6:00am

From The Manse.....Listening to or watching the news at this time can feel distressing and upsetting as we are confronted with stark images of so much suffering. From the invasion of Ukraine to the current state of British politics, we aware of so much that is wrong and broken and we are left wondering what we as individuals can possibly do.Without wanting to sound trite, we can and should...

WMC: Mon 25 Apr 3:51pm

kids@church will be meeting again from Sunday 15th May 2022 at 9:30 am.Dates for the summer term are 15th May, 19th June & 17th is an informal service for primary aged children and their parents. If you would like further details please contact Cath Worth 01235...