Sally and I send our warmest wishes to all of you and your families this Eastertime. Easter is the most important event of the Christian faith, where people around the world join together with families and friends to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the hope of life to come.
Easter is not about bunnies, chocolate or springtime - it is about more hope than we can ever handle. For Christians, the life and death of Jesus are the ultimate expressions of love, and the supreme demonstration of God's mercy, faithfulness and redemption. since Christ's miraculous resurrection 2000 years ago, Christians have expressed joy and gratitude for this wondrous sacrifice and for God's promise of freedom for the oppressed, healing for the broken hearted, and salvation.
Easter this year, comes at a time when our world faces many challenges, but the message of Easter remains unchanged - though sorrow may last through the night, joy comes in the morning. This is a message which should comfort each of us, as we remember that suffering will pass and that goodness will prevail.
This Eastertime, join me in praying for peace, wisdom and resolve - may Christ's example of love and sacrifice compel us towards justice and compassion and may each one of us be renewed with an assurance of hope and everlasting joy.