This month marks the first anniversary of lockdown. It offers a time to reflect on all we have lost and missed so much, but also on what we may have learned and discovered.
On March 23rd, there will be a National Day of Reflection, an opportunity to unite in memory of those who died, and with those who have lost loved ones - whether directly through the pandemic or in other ways.
The changes to the way we have been able to hold funerals has been profound- both intimate and difficult. It has been hard for many not be able to say their goodbyes and celebrate a life in the usual ways.
The National Day of Reflection although marking a great sadness is also being seen as an occasion for hope. The symbol of Spring flowers marking this. As we unite in sadness, we also remember the good times, the love and the joy that person brought into our lives. We also remember with deep gratitude the many who served on the frontline and their great sacrifice of care.
As we look back and reflect on the year that has passed let us also hold onto the memories and learnings that have made us smile. That have reassured us of community and of a greater humanity.
Easter, which is just around the corner adds to the above the great eternal hope. The continuity of life and love - shown to us through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
Peace and hope be with you,
Revd Nikki Mann
Nikki is the Priest in Charge of the Raddesley Benefice (which consists of 6 churches) in Cambridgeshire