One of our former members at Frodsham Methodist Church, the late Mrs. Joyce Warner, published a collection of poems in the year 1999, entitled Tree of Faith.
In the forward, Gordon Etheridge, the Superintendent Minister at the time, wrote, 'Faced with illness that has progresively lessened her physical quality of life and her ability to talk, Joyce could easily have turned to self-pity and away from God. This she chose not to do...We admire Joyce for her courage: through her words, Joyce shows us the encouragement that is found in God through Jesus Christ'.
The collection contains a number of poems about the Easter season, including this provoking entry, entitled What can I say? written for Easter 1998:
What can I say about Easter that hasn’t been said before?
What can I say about Jesus and the terrible pain He bore?
I’ve thought for hours about a poem but cannot write a line
That’s not been said by wiser men with better brains than mine,
But then I thought, why do I strive to think of something new
When what these men have written is unchanging and so true.
The corner stone of our belief by which we stand or fall:
That Jesus Christ came down to earth and died to save us all.
How he was led to cruel death by those he came to save;
And buried in a tomb; but rose triumphant from the grave.
How, by his dying, he redeemed the souls of sin possessed;
And by his rising leads the way to our eternal rest.
So there isn’t any need to think of something fresh to say,
Just sing your ‘Alleluias’ loud and clear on Easter Day.
Joyce Warner, Easter 1998
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.