How do we cope with a sudden and unexpected event?
This week the school and community of St Bartholomew’s were shocked after their Headmaster David Carter suddenly died at school on Wednesday. David was a devoted, caring man, who was much loved by the staff, children and parents, and they are understandably struggling with their grief. Some have placed flowers at the school, others have come into the church to light a candle or draw a picture. Mums, Dads and children alike have not known quite how to explain things.
We are in the season of Easter when we remember how the disciples were surprised and shocked by Jesus Crucifixion, they didn’t know what to do either.
There has been a hashtag on social media #SundayisComing that was running in Holy Week. This was intended to reveal that as we remembered the death of Jesus on Good Friday we had to see this in light of Easter Sunday and His resurrection as the hope for us all.
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you’ 1 Peter 3:3-4
Peter wrote this 2000 years ago, but it really is the same as #SundayisComing.
Death is often sudden, a shock, always painful and challenging for the families and friends, yet we can take very real comfort in the hope of everlasting life and our glorious unfading inheritance in heaven. Jesus does not leave us alone, he comes to take our hand and walk us through this journey to peace.
With every blessing
Rev Stuart Huntley, Rector