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A message from Reverend Heidi Prince

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It’s been a long winter,” people have been saying to me.

Another comment that has struck me in recent weeks has been the one that visitors to the vicarage almost always make when, having made their way along the drive, they arrive at the front door. “Aren’t the snowdrops lovely!” The vicarage garden is blessed with two clumps of this most beautiful of flowers.

As we prepare for Lent, it can indeed feel as if it has been a very long winter. The short evenings, dark, cold and wet, closely followed by a traditional 40 day period of austerity.

And yet it is at this very time of year that the snowdrops give my spirit such a boost.

For throughout most of the winter, there has been no sign of them. One might even think that they had died. They are forgotten.

Not a bit of it! Throughout this wet, cold winter, they have been busy. In secret, in the darkness beneath the earth, under the dead leaves, and in shady, forbidding places, they have been sending down young, deep roots: new bulbs have been growing.

We rarely notice them when the shoots first emerge, but then, all of a sudden, that burst of brilliant white catches our eyes, and lifts our spirits. They look so delicate, yet they are able to survive the very harshest of winters.

They are such a powerful symbol of hope and new beginnings. Next will come the crocuses: and then, of course, the daffodils.

And God’s people are able to follow their progress and grow with them: try as it might, the gloom of winter cannot resist, and must give way to the brilliant colours of spring. And as we embark upon Lent, let us remember that, although invisible to us, God, like the snowdrops, was working beneath the surface, ready to dazzle us when the sun rose and banished the shadows on that first Easter morning.

With every blessing,

Revd. Heidi, Llantilio Vicarage

llantiliovicar@aol.com

01600 780240

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