We have lost a lot of family and friends lately - and that is always hard. We come together to grieve. We also come together so that we can support our church family and remind each other of the hope of the resurrection. During this time of Easter - the Resurrection of Christ - we have been reminded very often of the sting that death still has on our lives.
But - we are to live as a resurrection people. We are called to live lives of hope, even when hope seems hard to find. The amazing thing is that our church is also surrounded by new life in the midst of this loss. We see many new visitors, people finding a home in our congregation who have had trouble finding homes in other congregations. We have heard God’s call to the work of hospitality. And this work, has been producing fruits.
We have had visitors week after week and new branches are sprouting and blooming. This is our work. In the midst of loss, growth happens. In the midst of worry and fear, God is still working. God works in new ways, and unexpected ways, and joy unfolds in the cracks and crevices of the world. We find beauty and hope in those places where many don’t expect God - but God shows up.
The Spirit makes beautiful things when we water the seeds with patience and love. Then we get to see the resurrection happening all around. Let us mourn and rejoice as we stand on the other side of God’s resurrection, working to make the known the love of God to all.
God’s peace to you!
- Bob Brown, Pastor