Friday 7th May
The Sunday service this week will focus on the VE Day 75 years commemorations, and there is much on the television over the weekend about this. My mother tells me that she and Dad travelled to London and stood in the crowd in front of Buckingham Palace. She remembers the feeling of release and joy, and also the emotion of being in such a vast crowd together, in one mind rejoicing at the end of the war in Europe.
Mum's recollection made me think of things we are looking forward to in our lives. Currently, living in lockdown, we wait for the return of freedom and normality. We wait to be able to embrace those we love, to be able to travel and see family in reality rather than in the virtual world.
For some of us, we long to be able to return to Church worship in our buildings, in the heart of our communities. We are still Church, wherever we are, but the gathering together in one place in fellowship is something we will do in celebration at the end of these dark times. It will be a time to invite the village to join us to give thanks to God for his mercy and grace.
My mind then moved on to the passage in Revelation 7:9-12
'After this I looked,
and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
They were wearing white robes
and were holding palm branches in their hands.
And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They fell down on their faces before the throne
and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks
and honour and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” '
What a great crowd that will be, when all the faithful gather at the throne of God, in awe and wonder, singing his praise.