A Message From Pastor Margaret
Our seasons of life and loss…
The last three weeks have been a lovely
experience for me and my husband as we
witnessed the coming-to-life of three little robins
right outside our living room window. I was in
total awe one morning when I opened the window
and saw the most beautiful blue eggs in the neatest
looking nest. Since then, I’ve been following the
process of the mother brooding over her eggs, feeding them after they were born, seeing them grow before they will soon leave the nest to fly. What an incredible experience to be part of…
There are signs of life and growth everywhere during this season of Spring. Spring brings with it a beauty of subtle, fresh colors, comfortable air, and the invitation to be joyful and grateful for life. This gift of Spring keeps us literally grounded in ways other seasons don’t, as we tend to the soil… cleaning up, tilling, seeding and planting…all signs of life to come.
We enjoy Summer, because it brings maturity and fullness to the vegetation, and gives us the freshness of our harvest. It also brings us outside more, to enjoy the warmth of the sun, either at the beach or up in the mountains where we breathe in the fresh air and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls; or simply enjoying a barbecue outside in the backyard.
Many also enjoy the Fall and Winter seasons with its awesome colors and exquisite beauty of snow. While we enjoy these two seasons, we also know that Fall brings changes to the vegetation…moving it from growth to dormancy. Things quiet down for many, moving to the indoors, seeking warmth as the days get shorter and darker earlier.
I have seen the beauty of life in our congregation, when I look into the eyes of our children, and hear their voices when they sing, or the vibrant conversations and laughter during coffee hour, or suppers. We have seen births, and we rejoice in birthdays and anniversaries.
The process of life and growth naturally leads to the season of dormancy, or the closing of a chapter in our lives and the lives of our loved ones as well. We have seen some of us getting injured, falling ill, becoming more home bound, or moving into rehabilitation facilities, and we have, sadly, seen the loss of life as well.
May we always remember that God is with us during every season, and that we, too, have been given the gift of being present with those whose experience of loss and sorrow brought them indoors, removed from the vibrancy of life. My prayer is that we will be a presence they may need, a presence of comfort and peace.
May God sustain us during our seasons of loss, and may we find the strength to look outside our windows to see the beauty and blessings of life right there.
Peace and blessings to all,