St George, Shakespeare, Christian Joy and Sin

Published on Thursday 23 April 2020

Happy St Georges Day and Happy Birthday to Shakespeare. If you haven't yet watched Patrick Stewart reading a Shakespeare Sonnet A Day on the internet you might like to Google it now in honor of the bard.

You might also like to use the collect for St George in your prayers today.

God of hosts,
who so kindled the flame of love
in the heart of your servant George
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
by his life and by his death:
give us the same faith and power of love
that we who rejoice in his triumphs
may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever Amen.

In this Easter season we are reminded that God is about making all things new and that God often acts in surprising and unexpected ways. I had a spiritual director a number of years ago who encouraged me to 'look out for flowers in the desert' when I was finding life difficult. We so easily get caught up in our griefs and worries that we fail to notice what is actually there, like Mary Magdelene in the garden on Easter Day. I attach a delightful video today of a Christian Community expressing joy in a very unexpected way. I hope it makes you smile.

Sadly 'Old Nick' still makes his presence known even in these strange days. I have received this useful booklet from our Local Authority warning about some of the scams that criminals have come up with in the present circumstance. I attach it and hope that forewarned is forearmed.

Keep safe until we meet again.

Mandy


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