A letter from Ian Davenport QHC, Rural Dean

Dear All

As I write this at my study desk here in Malpas on Mothering Sunday I am looking out into the garden and see all the signs of its awakening from winter. The daffodils are in bloom and the day light hours are lengthening. It will not be long now before we move into Holy Week and then to Good Friday and Easter Day. This year will be so different in that we will not be able to meet in our churches to recall and take part in the events of the very special week but we can do that in our homes too and so link with one another through prayer and the various means of communication that are bringing hope , peace ,strength and comfort to so many in these very sad and troubled days. I will very soon be going over to church this evening to take part in the nationwide initiative of The Archbishops of Canterbury and York where we are asked to light a candle in the windows of our homes as a sign that light will never be overcome by darkness and it seems to me this is the symbol that we can all hold before us as we enter Passiontide and walk the way of the Cross. We all have our own crosses to bear in life and we can take heart and strength from Him who has trodden this way before us and so is alongside us now be that both here in these parishes as we pray for Revd Veronica , Nigel and their family and support each other at this time and also as we face the worry of coronavirus and deal with the reality of it in our daily lives. Easter gives me hope and is the light that can never be put out and so it is in the faith of our Crucified and Risen Lord that I greet you and in that faith that I wish you the quiet joys of Easter and pray that the inner joy of The Lord will sustain us all.

With every blessing

Ian.

Rural Dean of Malpas.

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