From The Manse

“The Spring has sprung, the grass is riz,
I wonder where the boidie is”
This is the start of a short folk poem that came
out of New York in the 1940’s, if not earlier. The
image of the season of Spirng springing forth is
one that fills me with joy and it fills me with
There are points in life we all need hope. At the
moment of writing my back is in a fairly
hopeless place but hopefully this is just part of
the up and downs I was told to expect in the
long journey of healing.
As we look into the world we see places where
hope is lacking and where hope is needed. In
the painful mess that is Brexit we must hold out
hope. Hope that, whatever the solution to
Brexit is, the divisions it has manifest can be
healed and the political mess and financial
insecurity it has caused can be used to build a
more inclusive and collaborative form of
government rather than the adversarial
situation we currently have.
In the upsurge of right wing politics that seeks
to marginalise and dehumanise those who are
different we must hold out hope. Hope that
people will be seen as valued and love for who
they are, no matter the colour of their skin, who
they love or where they come from. We must

hope that the good people who oppose neo-
fascist movements stand up and say that it is

not acceptable.
In all of this and far more we need hope. In all
of this we must remember that “spring has
sprung” but more than that we must remember
that Easter is here and hope rises with Christ
from the grave. In the face of personal
hopelessness, or in the face of events on a
national or global scale that can leave us
feeling hopeless, we need to engage in an
active form of Hope. Hope that is manifest in
the glory of Easter morning.

Red Poppy

Hope is an action, and this is seen in the new life
that actively returns in the spring, in Christ actively returning from the dead as celebrated on Easter Sunday and we all have to actively hope for a better world.

In personal difficulty, we need to take active steps
to improve our situation.

In situations where others are disenfranchised or
demonised for the colour of their skin, where they
come from or what accent they speak with we
need to stand up and say that all are welcome
whilst embodying that welcome.

In situations of genuine religious persecution and
hate, we need to actively say and show that
whatever the religious belief, or not, that someone
might hold they are free to engage with their faith
whenever and however they wish.

Easter is a sign of hope.
Spring is a sign of hope.
We have to be signs of hope.

Stones of Meaning