For those of us living in the South-East corner of Queensland, what an emotional and interesting past week it has been.

I don’t know about you, but I have been keeping one eye on the news to see the next latest developments in terms of case numbers, cluster statistics, possible infection sites and commentary on all of those things as well.

And it is interesting that it around 100 years ago, the world was fighting against another pandemic, the so called ‘Spanish Flu’.

And as churches returned back to a ‘new normal’, after also having to close, and live with restrictions, it is interesting that this new normal was most of the old normal, but considered with new eyes.

As much as some people might say the church is ‘dead’ or ‘dying’, as we celebrate Easter, we know that is not true, as the unstoppable mission of God continues.

Jesus himself declared “I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it”.

It is Easter! And that gives us reason to celebrate that God is still at work in our lives, each and every day, and so we celebrate that on the cross and by his resurrection and ascension we have life, forgiveness and salvation.

With this celebration, we too are given new eyes to see the world around us, a world that is hurting, and in need of love and hope and grace.

And we, the church of God are to continue the mission that God has given to us, to share the love and hope and grace that we have received with those around us.

So let’s keep on living in that resurrection hope that we have because of Jesus!

Have a blessed Easter,

Pastor Ben.

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