Pastor’s Message: Springtime Glory!
May is perhaps the best month when nature shows herself as all dressed up! That is, the winter snow has melted, the spring rains have yielded, and all things are growing again as the daily temperature rises and nighttime cold resides. Now the leaves and blooms are abundant and it is the month of May! It is a glorious time to be alive, and see, and smell, the creation that God has made for us. All of this may cause one to wonder if this annual show of nature’s beauty is just God showing us the magnificence of things to come. If you can, stop and take it in, really take it in, for it is God’s “glorious riches” on display. To be in touch with this Godly display, and to savor and enjoy it, is to recognize the Holy Spirit at work within.
The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.
-Julian of Norwich (13th century Christian anchoress, mystic, and author)
It does our souls good to recognize God within and without us. The more we do so the more we realize His immense presence in our lives and the more we may live Godly or holy lives. Imagine yourself sitting in the tall grass beneath a majestic oak tree in the poem that follows;
Yes, I will spend the livelong day
With Nature in this month of May;
And sit beneath the trees, and share
My bread with birds whose homes are there;
While cows lie down to eat, and sheep
Stand to their necks in grass so deep;
While birds do sing with all their might,
As though they felt the earth in flight.
-William Henry Davies, Welsh poet and writer
Now, wouldn’t that be a nice day of leisure in which to savor what God has created for us? This reflection, and indeed this month of May, is intended to get all of us to slow down, enjoy the passing of time, and bask in the glow of our great God! May the following words from Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians both comfort and empower you in this glorious month of May!
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Take good care of yourselves and work to stay healthy. Remain steadfast, faithful, and hopeful!
See you in church Christian Brothers and Sisters and children of God!