Robin and Maundy Thursday

This is our friend Robin. We’ve known him and his wife Beryl for many years. Yesterday we attended his funeral…

Remembering…

Today is Maundy Thursday. Jesus shared his last supper with his disciples. He gave them some bread and a cup of wine and said, ‘Do this to remember me.’ At our church tonight we shall remember Jesus in this way…

Yesterday we remembered Robin – his love for his family, his teaching career, the positive influence he had on so many… his hobbies, his opinions… tennis, fishing, hockey, science, gardening, bowls, music, Doncaster Rovers Football club…

Loving…

‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word ‘Mandatum’, which means ‘command’. It refers to Jesus ‘command’ at the Last Supper: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’

As we remembered Robin, Lynn read: ‘Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude… Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever.’

Serving…

Jesus didn’t just talk about love; he acted out love. Many today will remember that during the Last Supper Jesus washed His disciples’ feet.  Jesus was the humble leader who served…

Robin was inspired by and followed the Jesus who came to bring, ‘good news to the poor… freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, freedom for the oppressed.’ Robin’s faith was not restricted by dry, theoretical religion; it was one of active service…

Thanking…

Musing on Jesus… leading up to Good Friday and Easter… Musing on Robin… Beryl and the family…

Musing on grief and pain and loss…. But also gratitude… for life well lived… for the teacher who taught lessons for life… for examples of loving, giving and serving… for life through death… for memories that remain… for a future and hope.

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