Vicar’s letter – February 2018

Dear Friends
Every day this Lent which starts on February 14th I’m trying to notice at least one thing to be thankful for, especially if I haven’t noticed it before. I might even take a photo.
Snowdrops for example so tiny and easy to miss. This is a good year for snowdrops, flowers I have seen in late winter every year since childhood.

In the Vicarage garden the earliest snowdrops first appeared just after New year and are now at their best. Towards the end of the dark cold winter, snowdrops are such a reassuring sign of the new life to come when spring really gets going. A real sign of resurrection. Spring follows winter and life follows death thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The snowdrops have been busy during this wet cold winter, in secret and darkness under the earth. There is no sign of them then, under the dead leaves in the shady places. You would think they had died. Not so.

The snowdrop bulbs have been sending down deep roots and growing new bulbs. As they start to flower in the snow they look so fragile, but must in fact be really tough. They survive the harshest winters.

A few days ago my friends and I were looking at snowdrops in the churchyard. One friend said make sure you look at them from below. Unlike other flowers such as lilies they don’t ostentatiously display their stamens etc. The bell-like snowdrop flowers hang their heads shyly and I usually look at them from above.

I now get down really low and take a good look at the insides, which are truly beautiful. I suppose some people are like that, protectively hiding some of their inner beauty or talents, so others only see the outside as they look down on them.

Today I am thankful for the inside of a snowdrop and for the lovely person who told me it was worth looking for. What will you be thankful for each day of the 40 days. Let’s Live Lent 2018 with a daily ‘attitude of gratitude.’


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