Life and Death in Yateley
If you walk round the outside of St Peter’s Church in Yateley you will find many graves, the majority with a cross as part of the headstone; there are a 143 in fact, all shown in the collage in the picture for today. Each cross is a testimony to a person who was part of this Christian community, acting as the eternal bridge between life on earth – however messy, troubled and imperfect – and perfect life in Heaven with Jesus.
If you walk round the inside of St Peter’s today, the same cross defines the mission and character of the Church, showing the route to salvation for all who seek and put their trust in Jesus, who said: ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ (John 8:12).
Read Mark 15:21-47 and just think on this one amazing truth. It is not the murder of millions in the Holocaust, it is not the death of many thousands at Nagasaki or the horrors of Stalins regime, or the terror of 9/11; it is the death of one person on a hillside in Judea 2000 years ago that has changed the world. Why? Because that one death was and still is the source of HOPE for all mankind.
So let our prayer today be that The Cross will become more real to us, our friends, family and any we may know of who are struggling with life. And also a prayer for Christians being persecuted for their faith, that they will hold fast to The Cross as they witness under scary pressures.
My suggestion for a brief personal meditation is in the following video; just the words of a great hymn:- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross sung beautifully by Kathryn Scott