From the Pastor-March 2021

March 2021

Pastor’s Message: Hope Abounds!

Birds have begun singing, snow is melting, and the sun is shining! Spring is coming and it cannot be stopped! Life abounds in God’s creation and another winter has passed. It is certainly a joyous time to be alive with abundant hope for this new and fresh season and the coming of a jubilant resurrection Easter!

These are all good signs and emotions after a year of enduring a terrible virus that has ravaged our land. So many families have been affected with this disease but the hope we are experiencing with a downward trend of new cases and an upward trend of inoculations is very encouraging. God will continue to see us through this suffering as we continue to pray for curing and healing.

One of America’s favorite poets, Emily Dickinson, once wrote about spring and her poem entitled “A Light Exists in Spring” seems to allude to God. This poem captures how the increasing light slowly makes us appreciate a changing season and gives way to hope of better days ahead.

A Light exists in Spring
Emily Dickinson
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

Dickinson seems to be telling us to appreciate this new and increasing light for there is hope in it through the colors and distances that we can see. This light (something beyond science) seems to communicate to us a religious feel about the transition of seasons: leaving a season of dormancy and entering a season of life! Behold the glimpse of the divine light while you can and savor it while it is here!

Spring is a season of hope and our God has brought us to this point to realize we have made it through a very tough time in history and in our lives. We are now on the verge of a period of renewed life and growth and our faith in God will prevail!

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. 12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”

-Song of Songs 2:11-13

Take good care of yourselves and work to stay healthy. Remain steadfast, faithful, and hopeful!

See you soon Christian Brothers and Sisters and children of God!

In Christ,

Pastor Dave