Pastor Julie’s April Message

Signs of New Life

As I sit at my desk pondering an Easter message, there are piles of snow just outside my window.  The forsythia, which looked like it was ready to blossom just over a week ago, now looks like it has closed up shop for the foreseeable future.  Even though we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather not too long ago, it feels like we are trapped in winter.

I often wonder what it was like for the women who approached the tomb that first Easter morning.  What were their thoughts?  I can’t imagine the grief that they felt.  Not only was their friend in the tomb, he was the one that they hoped would be the one to save them.  Now, he was gone.s I sit at my desk pondering an Easter message, there are piles of snow just outside my window.  The forsythia, which looked like it was ready to blossom just over a week ago, now looks like it has closed up shop for the foreseeable future.  Even though we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather not too long ago, it feels like we are trapped in winter.

One of the beautiful gifts of God’s love is the gift of new life.  Not only will we experience it in heaven, but we can experience it every single day.  Winter may feel like an eternity, but we know that it isn’t.  Even while life lies dormant under the ground, we know that an important part of the growth cycle is taking place.  We know that new life is just waiting for the right moment to spring forth.

At Messiah, I see signs of new life around us as well.  It’s been a tough winter and we have lost some dear members of our congregation.  And yet, we continue to grow and move forward.  I bring you good news that our Church council is filled with wonderful ideas and programs to move ahead.  New ministry starts and ideas always point us forward to new beginnings.

Life always has the last word.

1After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.”

Matthew 28:1-5

Let us rejoice in this new beginning and in the unity of what makes us Messiah Lutheran Church.  Let us boldly venture forward, together.

Pastor Julie Haspel

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