Tim Erridge Bleadon ChurchReflections - Rector's Letter


Healing our broken world:

I recently had the opportunity to spend two nights at Hilfield Friary on Retreat. Whilst there I found myself reflecting on a number of paintings of different events in Jesus life. Some were the “Christ in the Wilderness” paintings by Stanley Spencer and others were Icons of Jesus in the tradition of the Eastern Church.

Since coming home there is one image that has stayed firmly in my mind, it is an icon of the resurrection and shows Jesus rising from the tomb, but as he does so it shows him taking one of Adam’s hands in one of his, taking one of Eve’s hands in his other hand and reuniting them, overcoming all the division and separation of the previous age and beginning a new work of healing and connection.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I am very struck by our world’s need of this healing in so many ways at present. In his resurrection Jesus gives us a firm foundation for healing and reconciliation in our lives and communities here and now, but we do need to embrace it and act on it, not just wait around for him to do it whilst we watch!

I wonder what has struck you lately about how Jesus and his good news are present here and now and just waiting for us to embrace and act. If something of this has struck you recently, please don’t keep it to yourself. Please Connect, Interact and Encourage so that we may grow more and more into all that God is calling us to be and do.

Alleluia Christ is risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia.

With much hope,