May 14th - Easter lilies

This thought for the day comes from Sheila - it was written on Good Friday.  I am posting it today, the day of Doreen's funeral. She longed to be with her husband Franz again. We are still in Easter season and it is good to remember that no matter what, God is with us through Christ.

Good Friday afternoon is usually when Janet and I arrange the Easter lilies in church. Each lily stem in memory of someone special who has died; there were 82 last year. The church is quiet - almost resting from the activity of Holy Week and before the joyous celebration of Easter Day. This year there are no lilies, but the names of those special people we commemorated last year are on the altar. Many of us will be adding to those names in our hearts. Instead of elegant and stately lilies, I put some tiny, delicate wild violets with them - very different but no less beautiful. I’m reminded of a quotation: “Beautiful times become no less so, simply because they have ended.”  And so it is, with our loved ones then and now. The Easter story assures us that even more beautiful times await.

The silence of Good Friday is soon replaced with the exuberance of Easter Day. On Sunday we will hear again, in a very different way from usual, the message which tells us that life continues in some mysterious way; death is defeated; Christ has the victory; God is with us. Always.