“This has been a different and for many of us a painful Easter, when we encounter empty churches as well as the emptiness of the tomb, and maybe the emptiness of much that we previously assumed.

The reality is painful, and it is sad, but perhaps as we approach the ascension and Pentecost we shall encounter God differently. So especially this year can I suggest that we remember the reality of this emptiness. Because it is those who weep in the dawn who discover what Easter is about.

Goodness is stronger than evil;

love is stronger than hate;

light is stronger than darkness;

life is stronger than death;

victory is ours through Him who loved us.

(Desmond Tutu)

O God, help us to trust you, help us to know that you are with us, help us to believe that nothing can separate us from your love, and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you and with all those whom you love now and always.  Amen.”