Pastor's Desk

I’m sure most of you are as fed up with cold and snow as I am.   It is the first week of April…the calendar says it’s spring… but it sure looks and feels like winter!  It’s starting to feel like it will never end!
 
Yet despite the cold air and grey skies, nature knows it’s time for the cycle of life to begin anew.  As the snow melts, we see green shoots trying to poke their way through.   I look and see nothing but cold and bleak surroundings… nature sees the place where new life will appear.
 
This is the message of Easter.  On Good Friday it appeared as if everything had ended… Jesus life, his ministry, his teaching... along with the hopes and visions of all those who had followed him.  On that day, the cross was initially seen as the final word… death, evil and power had won. 
 
But God said “NO”… it is NOT the final word… instead it is the FIRST word...the first word of grace… the first word of love…the first word of redemption.  Jesus’ death is both ending AND beginning...alpha and omega.  It is the END of death and the power of evil and sin…it is the BEGINNING of the power of resurrection, redemption and new life. 
It is this gift of new life and new beginnings that we receive in our baptism – that in dying to our old self, we are made new in Christ.  We give up our human nature… and receive a new spirit of righteousness. 
 
In faith we receive God’s gift of new life… a promise that out of every “death” we may encounter in this life… God is waiting to surprise us with the seeds of new life… and transform every ending into a new beginning.  The key is to begin to EXPECT that new life and to look for it.  SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND!
 
“So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”                                                                                                                                              (2 Cor. 4:16, The Message)
 
Remember:  Easter is not just a day… it is a way of life!  God’s peace and grace be with you always!           
                                                                                     

Pastor Debby