Go back to normal view
“Cast ne’er a clout ‘til May be out”. This seems very wise advice this year, after such a long and dismal winter. In our Benefice (The Heart of Norfolk Team) it has been particularly dismal, with the loss of so many people who have been key in the lives of our communities, and we, collectively, as well as individually, mourn their deaths.
In the same period, the Church has experienced Holy Week and Easter – the time when we enter into Christ’s Passion, his death and resurrection, and we are called again to think about our own mortal existence. And so we ask ourselves: are we living life to the full? Are we making the best use of the time that we have? These are questions I ask myself in my quieter moments.
I’m not sure whether the ‘May’ of the proverb relates to the month of May or to the Hawthorn, which, of course, produces its blooms in May. What I do know is that the may heralds the true start of Spring: new life in our gardens and on our farms. Driving back from Brisley to North Elmham two days ago, I saw new-born lambs in the fields and my heart leapt for joy. One of our church-wardens, and his wife, have just taken on four ewes, who were also lambing this Easter season – two lambs arriving on Easter Eve, whist they were in Church.
And so, it seems, from the terrible experience of death, new life arises. This is the tension that we live with, the experience we share, and – hopefully – represents the love we have for one-another, as we comfort each other in our grief and loss and look forward to better times.
With my love in Christ,
Reverend Sally Kimmis