A Message From Pastor Margaret
Happy Spring from the Pastor’s desk!
Traveling back home over the weekend from a
town a little Southeast from us, I saw the most
beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom, and
daffodils everywhere. Saturday was especially a
beautiful sunny day, and it really felt Spring-like.
I rushed home, hoping to see at least one or two
daffodils opening their yellow faces, but came home a little disappointed, as they were still very much in a deep sleep. Those Southeast from us are definitely two weeks ahead, I discovered! We all have been patiently waiting for Spring to arrive. I hinted about it from the pulpit, and we talked about it during coffee hour, trying to console one another every time a bout of cold weather came upon us! Nature teaches us to wait patiently for the ideal conditions for new life, new growth, for Spring to arrive in its own time to show its exquisite beauty!
Patience is a decent virtue to have, when we cannot control the weather, and when we sit in heavy traffic; however, patience is even more important when we as human beings try to understand certain things about one another, and when we have expectations of the other, while seeing the world through our own eyes, according to our way. Patience is important, so we can be together in ways that make life easier for everyone involved. It has the ability to deepen our compassion to understand how others think and operate, instead of expecting others to think and act at the same pace and in similar ways than us.
Patience is an indicator of how we regard another human being in her or his own way, without the expectation that they would change according to our own beliefs. Patience to understand, to develop the willingness to walk in the other's feet, to pause and learn about the other's concerns and interests, is what the biblical message is about.
Jesus's earthly life and ministry are about patiently dwelling, sitting, teaching, and understanding the ones who needed healing and forgiveness of sins. He did not expect perfection among those who followed Him, instead was looking for opportunities to bring about a powerful transformation through love and patience. Being in the presence of Christ meant being church together in the most patient manner.
Patience brings us closer to God. It enables us to be followers of Christ, loving and caring for the ones who create the impatience within us. Patience creates beautiful relationships. It is the gift of our loving God dwelling within us.
As we continue our ministry together here at Barre Congregational Church, we have been given the opportunity to grow in patience with one another. May God bless us in our journey with one another. May we grow in patience with one another, as we wait patiently for the daffodils to open everywhere. Mine started to open yesterday!
Blessings to all of you,