3-28-2019 -e-News

The sun is shining. Flowers are beginning to bloom. Birds are chirping merrily. Spring is in the air – can you feel it? I find myself soaking in the longer hours of daylight and pausing to breathe in the scent of blossoming trees. There’s something about this time of year that spurs me toward hope.
 
Martin Luther once said, “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” I know that the visible reminders of new life, made possible by the tremendous sacrifice of Jesus Christ, are the true reason I find myself dwelling in hope these days. Easter is coming!
 
I’ve appreciated the opportunity to travel through the book of Matthew as a part of The Kingdom series in this Lenten season. Traditionally, Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter where Christians pause, reflect, and prepare for the celebration of Easter. I’ve appreciated having the opportunity to spend these 40 days revisiting a gospel full of stories and teachings I’ve heard dozens of times before – being reminded anew that, “ … the word of God is alive and active …” (Hebrews 4:12) and there’s always more I can discover. (Sidebar: If you haven’t yet joined in on The Kingdom journal experience, I want to invite you to do so. Contact the church office to get a copy. If you are participating, keep it up!)
 
There’s also something so humbling about reading Jesus’ words and soaking in his selfless actions and recognizing he knew full well the tremendous pain and suffering that awaited him on the cross. He knew the battle over sin and death that awaited him, and Jesus still paused to heal earthly ailments, to settle disputes between bickering disciples, to open his arms wide to children, and to dine with society’s lowest.
 
And – spoiler alert! – Jesus is victorious in that battle over sin and death. He’s our resurrected Savior, preparing a place for his followers in heaven this very moment.
 
Easter is coming. The promise of resurrection is written on every new leaf, every budding flower – in every corner of creation. Soak in that hope, friends!
Pastor Chelsea
 
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