So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17
   Dancing around the Maypole was one of my favorite things in grade school. Woven colored patterns created by skipping in and out around the other children – all around a pole. These colorful patterns were to remind us of the colors of spring and the intricacies of leaves and flowers sprouting from deep inside earth’s womb. This is nature at its finest. We expect it, and science can explain it – all very natural. Resurrection, on the other hand, is neither expected nor natural. When a loved one dies, we say goodbye, we honor them, we hold them in our hearts, and yet we try to go on with our lives the best we can. Death is natural, loss and grief are natural…but, hold on, because our God is a God of surprises, a God who has planted within us the seed of life. Whatever our age – whatever our circumstance, and whether we live or whether we die, we live in the springtime of our life. In God there is new life within us just waiting for the right time to sprout. It is this resurrection, this truth, joy and life, which is revealed to us by Jesus on Easter morning. Crocuses and tulips are beautiful in spring, but they will wither and die. New life in Christ never withers, never fades, never dies. And as Paul says, may we…
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say to you, Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

Pastor Mary