Thought for the Week
I write this in a house that is rapidly running out of chocolate.
Even a day ago we had boxes, wonderful boxes of the stuff. I regret to inform Reformer readers that our family resolve is not what it should have been. Chocolate has been consumed late at night, and most shockingly, even before breakfast.
We would never normally buy this amount of chocolate for ourselves. It has come to us because people have been generous and kind. People have thought of us and our children, and it also blows you away when people - sometimes people you did not think thought of you that way - give you a big carrier bag of chocolate eggs.
As well as Easter eggs, there are other things that we normally only have because someone bought them for us as a gift - flowers perhaps, a special item of clothing, perfume, a ticket to a concert or a voucher for a restaurant. Gifts sometimes have a sense of the extravagant about them, someone has gone to town to look after you, other gifts are the ones that you did not know you needed until you were given them; or you are given a thing that you would never have bought for yourself.
The gift of Jesus - which we celebrate at Easter - is like that - a gift that is outrageously extravagant, a gift that you did not know you needed until it got given to you. It is the gift of knowing God is with you, it is the gift of sins forgiven and a clear conscience, it is the gift of perseverance in difficult circumstances, it is the gift of hope that everything is going to turn out alright, it is the gift of knowing that if God gave us his Son, then there is nothing we need that he is going to hold back from us. As the New Testament once says, thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. Rev Neil Glover Flemington and Hallside