A Message From Pastor Margaret
The sun is higher and brighter in these
early spring days…Many of us are ready to
put away our scarves, winter boots and thick
coats, not to mention the shovels, snow blowers
and everything that reminds us of the cold, the ice,
and the darkness of winter. For others, winter may
have its own beauty and satisfaction, of course.
The brightness of the sun, high and strong in these early spring days, is a delight, especially when we find that little spot in the house where the warmth of its rays breaks through and gives us the pleasant sensation and comfort on our faces, backs, or feet. Such light and warmth are the special gifts we treasure, as we get ready for the beauty of spring, when we will marvel and celebrate new life all around us.
During this period of Lent, we are going through the darkness of the passion of Christ, the difficult struggle of sweat and cold, of darkness and worries, of death and tears; but we also see the light of Easter waiting for us, when we will celebrate life after death, hope in the resurrection of Christ, of the comfort knowing that it was all done for us, that God is with us in Christ and in Spirit. What comfort to know this and be recipients of this promise.
Life in Christ gives us the fullness of light, warmth and comfort like the sun when it is higher and brighter. Everything our Lord touched turned into life and healing, from cold to warmth, from despair into hope. His love and compassion are, however, stronger than the strongest sunbeam. The hope He gives is never ending…it lifts up the brokenhearted, the lowly in spirit, and fills the empty heart. He is the Lord who died and will rise on the Easter morning, He knows death, He knows all about our despair and struggles. He is familiar with all human suffering. He lifts us out of our winter-darkness into the light.
Life in Christ empowers us to carry within us the same light and love and compassion and healing and forgiveness…all the gifts of the Spirit, in the same way as the sunlight brings forth the new birth, the new life from the earth. Right now, during this early spring, and the height of the sun, we see how new life breaks through the bitter cold of the winter soil, free to bring forth beauty and fruit and color of all kinds.
Let’s free our hearts, like we free ourselves from our winter scarves and boots … to let all the light and warmth in. Let it go deep, and let it dwell and fill every part of our being. Let’s free our hearts to send light and love near and far, to places of cold and hunger, of sadness and loneliness, of pain and hatred.
Let the sun shine brighter in our lives, the way Christ would want it to…
Blessings to you all,