Thought for the Day : Tuesday 14 April

Thought for the Day from Angela Birkin of St Michael’s :

Readings: Exodus 12:14-36 and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Some of the Christians in Corinth were struggling with the resurrection of Jesus and what it meant for them. Nothing is new under the sun!

Paul is emphatic that through the resurrection of Jesus, new life and forgiveness is breaking in now and is no longer a distant hope. When Christ was raised from the dead, the power of sin and death was broken for ever. The stone has been rolled away and a door to a new life stands open for ever. How exciting is that!

An African Elegy by Ben Okri

We are the miracles that God made
To taste the bitter fruit of Time.
We are precious.
And one day our suffering
Will turn into the wonders of the earth.

There are things that burn me now
Which turn golden when I am happy.
Do you see the mystery of our pain?
That we bear poverty
And are able to sing and dream sweet things

And that we never curse the air when it is warm
Or the fruit when it tastes so good
Or the lights that bounce gently on the waters?
We bless things even in our pain.
We bless them in silence.

That is why our music is so sweet.
It makes the air remember.
There are secret miracles at work
That only Time will bring forth.
I too have heard the dead singing.

And they tell me that
This life is good
They tell me to live it gently
With fire, and always with hope.
There is wonder here

And there is surprise
In everything the unseen moves.
The ocean is full of songs.
The sky is not an enemy.
Destiny is our friend.

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