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The Bishop of Coventry’s Easter Message 2017

Correspondent 12th Apr, 2017

Easter message from Bishop of Coventry, the right reverend, Dr Christoper Cocksworth

We eat 80 million Easter eggs every year and we buy almost 10 billion hen eggs – real eggs.

What’s great about Easter eggs is that they remind us of real eggs. A real egg is something hopeful: new life can break out of the dark place inside.

There are dark places in our lives: when things go wrong; when we hurt; when we try to hide, when we lose someone we love. Sometimes it looks like there is no way out – the darkness has won.

At Easter, we give each other eggs as a sign of hope, a sign that new life can break out of the darkness. When we give someone an Easter egg, we’re really saying: hold out hope! The darkness has not won.

God brought new life into the world at Easter: Jesus rose to new life out of the darkest place, the tomb of death. The darkness had not won. God gives us hope: this new life is for all of us.

What if we gave Easter eggs more often?

Not chocolate ones, but real ones – what if we gave each other hope?

By helping someone not to despair; giving someone a fresh start or a second chance; forgiving when things go wrong, being a friend in someone’s loneliness.

Will we be Easter people? Will we be people who give others hope? If we will, lives can change – and we will find God changes us, too.

The Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth

Bishop of Coventry

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