Thoughts from the Pastor-May 2014
Genesis 1: 14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.
For Easter Sunrise Service, we gathered outside by the east entrance to the church building. It was cool at first, but as we sang and prayed together and heard the Easter story read once again, the sun grew warmer and brought greater comfort to those who were standing in its rays. It is a sure sign that spring is well on its way. I know the snows don’t seem to tell us that! But we know spring follows winter every year! Why? Because as this Genesis text reminds us, when God created on the fourth day, he gave us the sun and the moon to be lights in the sky and to be signals of the changing seasons, the days, and the years. God created the rhythm of the seasons on the earth. So these days of growing warmer are a reminder that God created all that is; a reminder that God is in control; a reminder that what God does can be trusted. What a great comfort to know that in the midst of the chaotic ways that life sometimes greets us, the God who created it all is in control, God has a plan. ”’ For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ’plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” –Jeremiah 29:11.
Just as the seasons of this world are part of God’s plan, so too, each of our lives are a part of God’s plan. Live in the hope and the future that God has planned for you in Christ Jesus. Let the rhythm of life as God has planned, warm your hearts this spring.
Warming my paws with you,