The pearly dawn suffused the morning sky. Drifts of grey mists crept between the hills Like a gossamer shawl, And all was calm.
Last night the storm raged around the house. Fences rattled, shutters banged. Wind lashed rain shot against my windowpane Like pebbles flung from far below. I tossed and turned within my bed. Dark spectres crept across my troubled mind And then, I slept.
The sleepy sound of birdsong pierced my dreams And I awoke. Standing before my window, I gazed upon the silent world. In the grey dawn, all was still. Then, as I watched, the sun slowly rose, Surrounded by a golden halo And the sky was filled with light. It was Easter Day.
And my thoughts went back to that first Easter Day.
I felt, in some small way, it must have been like this.
The dark storm of the night, The small, sad group around the cross With anguish, tears and cries, Watching Our Lord suffering on the cross. Storms raged within their hearts And they were filled with fear.
And then the morning when they found their Lord was risen.
What joy they must have felt Their fears of that dark night had fled, And their whole world was filled With the presence of the risen Lord.
And so, in some small measure, I also felt this joy, this calm.
After the raging, frightening storm Before this new morning, so full of light and reassurance
For a lovely Easter Day. May 2008
If you had a late lie in on Sunday 6th April you might have missed seeing Christleton covered in snow. David Cummings was there to photograph the few hours it lasted. You can view his gallery of 55 pictures on the Christleton web site.
Kiss them by all means, but DON’T hold their hand!
When you next meet someone, think twice before you shake their hand. Recent research has found that touching someone’s hand is just about the quickest way to pick up their flu, cold or stomach bug. As one doctor omi- nously puts it: “You don’t know where their hand has just been…”Instead, leading doctors recommend a French ‘air kiss’, consisting of a peck at the air near someone’s cheek, as be- ing much healthier. In fact, Prof John Oxford, Britain’s leading flu expert and a virologist at Barts hospital and the London School of Medicine, says that more widespread ‘social kissing’ might well help to cut infection levels across the country.
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