Message from the Minister
Have you had enough of our Winter weather? It’s been horrible! Mother nature it seems, has thrown everything at us, rain, sleet, snow, freezing rain, snow pellets, high winds…did I miss anything? Oh, yes, climate change?
Winter of course, is supposed to be that way, it’s a time when the world sleeps, a euphemism for death. The world will remain that way, awaiting new life to come. And when it comes, new life will abound. From its winter tomb flowers will burst out of the ground, days will be longer, life springs, cold changes to warm, there is a spring in our steps! Hope is renewed.
So why do we have winter? What’s the point of it? Those of us who love the four seasons will have an answer, the purists can suggest many reasons for the seasons. In the meantime, we wait.
The church too is caught up in this change of seasons. Starting March 6th, we begin a new season, it is called Lent. Lent is the forty-day period when followers of Jesus prepare themselves for Easter, or to put it another way – the forty-day period of winter-death, turning to spring – new life. Death, therefore, is the engine of new life.
As we prepare for Spring, we adjust our wardrobe, out with heavier garments and in with the light! In spiritual terms during Lent, this means putting on the new clothes of Christ (Col. 3:12 and Romans 13:14) also change our outlook – one of hope!
There is a promise inherent in the seasons; each season giving way to the next-to change. In this change there is hope. A hope for a better tomorrow and God does not disappoint. Hope is future oriented and God is the one who holds our futures.
May God richly bless you this coming season, Rev Steve Huntley