Elder’s Thoughts – May 2013

Wild Pansies

Dear Friends,

As I write this we have just enjoyed a very fine spell of weather, so welcome after the many long
grey days that have been such a feature of our winter. The warmth of the sun can be readily felt
– I confess to getting a little sun burnt having taken lunch al fresco on one particular day. I even managed to cut the grass for the first time this year. Then came the reminder that Spring
had not fully sprung, that night we had a severe frost and my newly cut grass was white as snow.

However, whilst the season of Spring has its horticultural dangers it is nonetheless a wonderful
season for us to enjoy. We see signs of apparently dead plants showing signs of life, dormant trees
begin to bud and the early flowering shrubs awaken in glorious colour. Not to diminish in any
way the colours that the smaller plants such as crocus, snowdrops, daffodils and tulips bring to
this season. I’m beginning to sound like a gardener which I am not really, I like to look but not
touch!!

We even use the season of Spring to describe attitude and behaviour saying “He/she is full of the
joys of Spring”.

Alison and I went back to Spring Harvest this year after a break of 5 years – the theme was “The
Source”. We considered each day the meaning and significance of Jesus being both the creator
of all things and the “author and perfecter of our faith” Hebrews 12 v2. John writes in his prologue of his Gospel (John 1 v1-4)

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He
existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”

This Spring, as you enjoy the outward signs of new life, emerging blossoms and blooms may I invite
you to look beyond these joys and see The Source. Consider afresh that Jesus truly is the life
giver to all created things and how essential it is for us to remain connected to Him at all times. It is by being connected to the Source that we become like Him and reflect His light into a needy
world.

My prayer for you all is that you will truly be “full of the joys of Spring” because you know, are connected to and daily sustained by Jesus Christ, the Source of all.

Yours in Christ

Martin Gill