It’s Vicky here – I last wrote to you when I was the ‘new girl’ but I have been working as curate for seven months now. And what a crazy seven months they have been! We have had to cope with situations we never expected, and – while there are now glimpses of hope – things still remain uncertain. Hold on, friends, hold on. . Stories are great, aren’t they? They help us connect, understand one another, learn things and sometimes they are just fun. Your story includes all the things that make up who you are – all your experiences, your family and the people you’ve met. And your story is part of lots of other people’s stories too. There was a film made in 1965 called
‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ which tells the story of Jesus, from his birth to his ascension. As we approach Easter I am reminded that this is, in fact, the greatest story ever told. Jesus loves us, he came to earth to live with us, died and rose again so that we might have life, and have it to the full. Those of us who are regulars in church hear this so often we can forget how wonderful it really is, and maybe some of us haven’t heard the story at all – or at least not in a way that we can understand. In the run up to the joy and celebration of Easter, the season of Lent is a time to reflect and to think about the things that matter to us. So it’s a good time to think about the
story of Jesus again, or even for the first time.
There are some things that might help us with that, and in particular I’d like to recommend ‘God’s story; our story’ produced by the Church of England. There are daily reflections and prayers throughout Lent – one for each day– to help us think about God’s story, which began at creation. The key part of that story is his coming to the world in the person of Jesus. I wonder how might that story have an impact on our own story? The other thing to recommend is the Church of England’s ‘Daily Hope’ prayer line. Particularly if you are struggling with loneliness, this free phone-line can be used each day, for hymns, prayers and reflections, to remind us where our hope lies.
So while we can’t meet in person, please be assured of our prayers for you. There is hope, even if it doesn’t always feel like it, and it won’t stay this way for ever. Looking forward to the day when we can share this all in person, but in the meantime, I am grateful to be able to connect with you at least on paper.
God bless and love to you all
Revd Vicky Wicks
Curate – St Michael’s Church