Pastor's Message - 2019 April Newsletter

 

Luke 12:49-50-“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!”

 

I am writing this column on the first day of spring. It has been a very long, cold, frozen winter. For the first time, the congregations I serve had to cancel services 3 Sundays in a row, because it was too snowy or too icy for people to get around. Many of the people I’ve talked to have been anxious for winter to be over. We are also anxious for Lent to be over. This year, Easter is almost as late as it can be. Although Lent has barely begun, the gloominess of it is already growing old. As we move into a long-awaited spring, and as we eagerly wait for Lent to end and Easter to begin, it is good to remember that we are not the only ones who are impatient. Even Jesus was eager to complete the work that He came to do. Even though He knew that there was a set time for Him to be crucified and raised, He was eager to have it accomplished. Because Jesus Himself grew impatient at times, He understands our impatience. The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that “there is a time for every purpose under heaven”-and in the New Testament we are reminded that Jesus was born “when the fullness of time had come”. It is difficult for us to accept God’s timetable-but the Scriptures remind us constantly that we have a God who keeps promises. Winter may seem long and hard and unrelenting-but it is always followed by spring. Jesus suffered rejection and humiliation-and ultimately, crucifixion-but the resurrection eventually came. We may suffer in a great many ways-but in the end, God will not fail us. We may get anxious-but in the end, God’s promises will be fulfilled-and we can look forward to them. We may have a long, dark, Good Friday ahead of us-but Easter is coming. May you be filled with Easter hope-and may God’s peace be with you.

 

Pastor Jon Anderson

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