May marks the beginning of summer and in the United Kingdom we are blessed with two Bank Holidays to help us celebrate the coming of the warmer weather and the explosion of blossoming of nature around us. May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries, and Spring Bank Holiday used to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost (Whitsun) though since 1971 has been fixed to the last Monday in May. Around the country many traditional celebrations take place in May. Whilst May-pole dancing may have ebbed away well dressing is alive and well as are floral processions and sweep festivals, and traditional Morris dancing has enjoyed a renewal of interest. All are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.

Celebrations are important in our lives and journeys of faith; an opportunity to share with others the delight of life. Whatever our circumstances times of celebration can lift our spirits and help us to look forward with renewed vigour.

So it is right that we should celebrate! It helps us re-gather and be refreshed. The Bible is full of times of Celebration, the gathering of God’s people for fun and fellowship as well as important reminders about faith.

This May let us remember that joy and celebration are important aspects of our faith as we look to the future, and may we be refreshed and warmed by the wonder of creation all around us and give thanks to God the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of our lives.

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;” Psalm 16:11