Rev Dr Fiona Douglas, University Chaplain, shares a springtime message.

Springtime has arrived!

The weather is warming, the days are looking brighter and the number of people getting vaccinated is on the rise! Nature is coming out of hibernation – birds are singing and buds are opening. All around, there are signs of new life!

Let’s face it, we all need something that feels new and different: a new time. The past year has brought people all round the world more pain, grief and challenge and struggle than any of us could ever have imagined a year ago. And yes, we have still some way to go before we can all live less restricted lives, but this time of year has so much to offer.

It’s a special time not just for the natural world but also a special time with Passover, Ramadan, Vaisakhi and Easter all soon to be celebrated. However, current events have made what should be a time for family, friends, faith and holiday celebrations very challenging. Whatever our faith or beliefs, Spring is a time for new things. It is a time for renewal and hope.

So let’s renew our faith in one another, and draw strength from all those moments in the past year that have reminded us of our common humanity.

The visible messages of hope we have seen acts of generosity and love in many different and wonderful ways: in every person who makes the decision to love their neighbour as themselves; in every person who is staying at home or in their flat, even though it is inconvenient; in every doctor, nurse and healthcare worker who is putting themselves at risk; in every person keeping the domestic infrastructure working; and those who support and care for most vulnerable in our own communities and around the world.

From all in the Chaplaincy, we hope you manage to have a break and experience the joys of spring: the sense of renewal and hope and the goodness of the human spirit, all around us.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Take care.