Pastor’s Message: Promise and Patience
The promise of Spring continues to grow stronger and it even becomes self-evident in the month of April. As children, most of us have heard and memorized the poetic line that goes “April showers bring May flowers”. It seems to come to the forefront in one’s daily thoughts this time of year. It just seems inescapable because it seems to be true, doesn’t it? The month of April, at least here in Wisconsin, shows nature’s bareness in that very little is growing initially. That is, until warmer rains liven things up, and then, the color green spreads like wildfire. First the grass, then the garden, then the trees. The march of chlorophyll cannot be stopped. It is a wonderful, God-given, drama played out every year. Perhaps the most dramatic moment of spring is the splash of color that arrives in the form of flower and decorative shrub and tree blooms.
The famous Canadian writer and poet, Lucy Maud Montgomery, seems to capture the emotions and ambiance of the month of April very well in her poem “Spring Song”;
Hark, I hear a robin calling!
List, the wind is from the south!
And the orchard-bloom is falling
Sweet as kisses on the mouth.
In the dreamy vale of beeches
Fair and faint is woven mist,
And the river’s orient reaches
Are the palest amethyst.
Every limpid brook is singing
Of the lure of April days;
Every piney glen is ringing
With the maddest roundelays.
Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills.
Since time began, the signs of Spring have slowly appeared each and every year. First, more daylight can be noticed, then, the temperature starts to rise, snow melts and gives way to the warming of the soil. And then the plants start to grow again. The promise is once again realized and it fills our hearts. The whole process teaches us that patience is necessary and in time Spring will happen. But still, after a long Winter, it cannot come quick enough!
The Springtime is a parallel to our current status with this Covid-19 virus. We have all endured a prolonged period of self-isolation and uncomfortable safety precautions that are necessary if we are to emerge with our health intact. We need to be patient as we navigate the end days of this pandemic and look to better days. Rest assured: better days are coming! We have endured the rain but soon we will see sunny days and we will prosper once again. Put your trust in God and remain patient in His promises!
Ask the LORD for rain in springtime; the LORD makes the storm clouds, and He will give everyone showers of rain and crops in the field.
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!