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April 2018 Message

You’ve heard to old saying April showers bring May flowers; well here’s the poem where that phrase originates.

May Flowers by Thomas Tusser

Always look at the sunny side of life
the ups and the downs, the truth of a beginning
we need water to grow, we need seeds to sow.
What we see today is bringing us more
for tomorrow even if we can’t tell
as they say April showers bring May flowers.

This little poem truly speaks to the Lenten journey we have just completed and our life long journey of faith as well. If you just sit and let this poem sink in you can hear how the words of this poem echo those of Scripture. Jesus tells his disciples during his Farewell Discourse in the 14th Chapter of John: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me…” And at one of the lowest points in their lives when he is about to ascend to the Father, he tells them in Matthew 28, “Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age.”

The ups and the downs of life as told by Qohelet, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is especially evident in Chapter 3 where another famous phrase can be found — a time to …. and a time to… “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die,” etc. And in the 23rd Psalm, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me” during the ups and downs through all the seasons of our lives.

The truth of God’s love for us starts from the beginning, in the creation story in Genesis and the verses from the beginning of John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Our beginning was formed and created by a loving Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier who formed and fashioned us in love and for an eternal relationship through our faith in His Son Jesus Christ. Then through the waters of our baptism we are cleansed from the stain of sin and the seeds of faith were planted and nourished during the course of life. We are strengthened, nurtured, and fortified through the Word and Sacraments and the gathering of the saints each week.

Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 13: 12-13 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” We cannot now fully see our eternal destination or know the reason why all the ups and downs of life happen the way they do, and no one can tell you with any degree of certainty why they did. That determination is solely within God’s realm. But what we do know and are promised, is the greatest of things is love, and we have the presence of Jesus Christ with us always.

It is my hope your Lenten journey has strengthened your faith and fortified you as we journeyed together through these past 40 days to the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray this strengthening continues as we exercise our spiritual muscles that help us deal and cope with the daily struggles of life that seem to have no end. Our spiritual conditioning helps to guide us through the storms of life and to bring us safely to that distant shore.

Blessings,
Pastor Paul

 

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RSS Daily Bible Verse

  • Psalm 150 April 18, 2018
    ​ Let everything that breathes praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
  • Hosea 5:15—6:6 April 17, 2018
    I will return again to my place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face. In their distress they will beg my favor: Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up.

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