April 2023 Meditation

We are finally feeling some spring weather as I write this article, and there is more light around after Daylight Savings Time. I am ready to welcome the light of the Resurrection at Easter in just a few weeks. Did you realize that every single Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection? We worship together on Sunday because that is the day of Jesus’ resurrection. Our friends that are 7th Day Adventist worship on Saturday because that day was set aside as a Sabbath. In a way we celebrate on the 8th day in terms of creation. In Genesis 1 God created everything in 6 days and rested on the seventh day. Easter, Resurrection Day, is the 8th day or the new creation. We have much to celebrate!!

This year we celebrate Palm Sunday on April 2nd and Easter on April 9. The fun continues in worship, and we will even have Bill Eagle preaching on April 23 as we acknowledge Earth Day and our stewardship of God’s creation.

This Easter season, I hope you find new life all around you. There is so much hope. Life is not a dead-end street.

One of the many gifts I have received from my time with you is the hymn “In the Bulb There is a Flower” written by Natalie Sleeth. I had never heard or sung this precious song before. Here it is to ponder this season:

In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds a mystery, unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
In our life; eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
At the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.

Celebrate my friends with your Resurrection glasses on! There is hope all around.

Much love, Pastor Paulette