Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

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Light, Colour, Resurrection Days


Like a painting it is set before one....these colours

Are renewed daily with variations

Of light and distance that no painter

Achieves or suggests. Then there is movement,

Change, as slowly the clouds bruises

Are healed by sunlight, or snow caps

A black mood: but gold at evening

To cheer the heart.                                

 The View from the Window - RS Thomas



But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.

 Luke 24:1-6


These are the resurrection days where nature’s bright apparel catches our senses and we begin to look forward to warmer and more joyful days. I think that the idea of a resurrected nation is very much in mind in these postponed days of political and economic uncertainties and where we should be moving from the gloom of uncertainty of the sealed tomb to the moment of hope and joy of new life.  The women who approached the tomb early on Easter morning had no idea what would happen next, their sorrow like ‘black moods’ or ‘bruised clouds’ ( to use the poets imagery) shrouding their thoughts. It is in the unexpected where we find God at work and the bleakness of the world scatters as the two men in dazzling white announce the seemingly improbable as if to say how can you expect God to remain dead in our world? The women are not the only witnesses as the God who transforms nature in the risen Christ appears to many disciples even late into the evening of that first day to two forlorn disciples making their way home from Jerusalem. Yet it is Christ who sits with them and breaks bread who is the ‘gold at evening to cheer the heart.’ I pray that as a community we in the months to come become more encouraged and ‘healed by the sunlight’ (or son-light) and that our prayers and hopes rise with the Ascended Christ.