Here are some photos from recent Squeeze meetings.
Have you noticed as you walk along in bright sunshine that if the sun is behind you, your shadow is in front? If, however the sun is in your eyes then look behind and there is your shadow following you. This is reflected in the old song “Me and My Shadow Walking Down the Avenue.”
So is Easter about seeing the shadows of Easter bunnies running across meadows full of chocolate Easter eggs? How can the true meaning of Easter be overshadowed by this commercial wrapping?
Jesus, as the Son of God, is the Light that has come into the world. That light comes at Easter with a shadow that has penetrated history ever since.
The Shadow of the Cross. The cross erected on a hill called Calvary at Jerusalem at the time we mark as Eastertime. When the shining sun goes so our shadow disappears.
The Son of God shines now in His risen resurrection life so that whoever lives by the truths of Easter comes into “the Light”.
The Shadow of the Cross, across the Shepherd fields, maybe the young Judean bunnies saw that too?
Sorry that we did not contribute in last month’s Parish News. The above talk was from April Squeeze, which was Easter themed. Our May Squeeze saw us making busy preparations to our contribution for the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ festival to take place at All Saints’ Church, Herstmonceux at the end of June. We send our best wishes to all the groups who are participating in this creative festival and hope that you all enjoy producing your displays as much as we are. If you would like to preview the ‘Day’ we are representing then join us at June Squeeze, in the village hall, on Sunday 1st June between 10.00am and 12.00 noon when we will be putting the finishing touches to our display. As always, a warm welcome and free breakfast await you.
In Egypt recently I was in a shop to buy some Bedouin Tea (delicious!). and I noticed a large glass jar with something sprouting inside. “What is it?” I asked, and the shopkeeper replied “It’s one of these,” and gave me a dried up branch of dead-looking twigs and shrivelled branches. It was an Anastica – a Rose of Jericho.
Now these plants, which are totally dehydrated, come back to life over 2-3 hours when immersed in water with growth and leaves with colour. This is as the prophet Isaiah said: “The desert and parched land will be glad. The wilderness will rejoice and blossom.”
We too can feel like a deserted and desert place. Despite everything good around us we are dry. Our thirst is not truly quenched by whatever we try. It’s like we have a dry hole inside us that’s never filled. The blossoming of true gladness never occurs.
We feed our minds and exercise our bodies, but our spirit remains untended and deserted. A God-shaped hole within us. Please allow this Spring the love and life-giving ‘water’ from God to reach you through Jesus. How? Well, it’s good to start by talking to people who know Jesus. They will be the channel of the peace you seek. The channel for the life-giving water. As Jesus mysteriously said, “the water I give you will mean you will never be thirsty again!”
He plants the regenerating plant in your heart. Try and see.