As I write this, the church is entering into the last days of Lent. This week I have been reflecting on the year, my life, and the life of the church. We have had a death, a baptism, and on Easter we will confirm two young people and two adults. These three events remind me of our journey with God. In baptism we begin our journey. As our little ones cannot commit their childhood to learning and being faithful to God, we ask the parents and the church to be the ones to bring them to the love and knowledge of our Lord. Confirmation, on the other hand, is a time when we take responsibility for our faith. We come to God with a matured (not perfected) faith and publicly declare our faith and our commitment to God.
- In death, we return to the God of all creation.
- We love a God that shows us what sacrificial love looks like through the person of Jesus.
- And we see God that is incarnate through us – that comes to us and lives within us – the Advocate that Jesus promised us – the Holy Spirit.
I look at how God’s continued creation occurs in my life . . . probably all of our lives. I love a God that is creative beyond my imagination. I watched snow fall this past week and saw the deer wander across the yards. I talked to my granddaughter on Skype and listened to her laugh and tell jokes. (How do you make a tissue dance? You put a boogie in it – then you have to laugh really hard even though you’ve heard it for the 20th time). God certainly created a little love and laughter in my life with her! I reflected back on Jesus – the very epitome of sacrificial love. I wondered how that should look in my life this year. And I continue to be in awe of how the Holy Spirit works in our lives.
As I continue to serve God and you, I pray that I will never tire of seeing the work of our Creator, our Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit at work in your lives, my life, and the world. At Easter, God reminds us that the worst is not the last. The resurrection reminds us that in the midst of suffering and deaths (physical, spiritual, emotional) God is with us and will never abandon us. May you have a blessed and joyous Easter.
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