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Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - May 2021

on Wed, 28/04/2021 - 1:00pm

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Revd Leonora Hill
Email: [email protected]

Dear Friends,

Odi et amo - ‘I hate and I love’, all at the same time. Much of life, not just
youthful personal relationships, can be pretty difficult. Trying to accept what
happens is not easy and it helps if we can blame something or someone or
maybe ‘God’.

Saul, the great opponent of Christianity, was a passionate man. On the
Damascus Road he had another-worldly experience which changed him so
much we now know him as Saint Paul, a passionate advocate for Christianity.
But as the two disciples who met Jesus on the way to Emmaus found, others
connect with God in quiet moments. Two thousand years later, nothing much
has changed. For every Jonah who tries to run away from God, a Moses,
David, Deborah or Mary argues passionately against the injustices of the
world. Later, we sometimes realise that our perspective has changed, some
would say God has listened.

Thursday 13 th May is Ascension Day, the annual remembrance of the day
when, according to the physician Luke, the Resurrected Jesus Christ
ascended into heaven and was no longer to be seen on earth by his followers.
A few days later a rushing wind announced that God had sent his Holy Spirit
into the world. After that, Christ’s reinvigorated followers began to tell people
about their extraordinary experiences and their faith in a new world order, one
that didn’t fit the usual political set up. It is interesting to note how many of our
most revered social and reform minded individuals have quietly been ’people
of faith’. HRH Prince Philip was one of millions.

Rob Soames