WESTERN RESERVE DISTRICT
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.
“Hymn of Promise” took on new meaning at Tom’s mother’s funeral. Well, perhaps not new meaning …. it just became more meaningful. A brain tumor robbed Carol of independence, an ability to clearly communicate, and ultimately her earthly life. It was a hard road to journey. Yet God was evident all along the way. And, even in death we were bold enough to proclaim life. Crazy, some might say. Others would call it foolish. For followers of Christ, we call it Easter.
As I glance out our kitchen window I see daffodils about to bloom. Near them, one snow pile remains; a reminder of winter’s blast just ended. Spring reminds us that life can be restored. Trees begin to bud. Birds begin to sing. Flowers press up through the frozen ground. Ants have appeared in our kitchen. Science can explain this process. Google searches or old-fashioned textbooks offer all kinds of reasoning.
Jesus was dead and buried. He was laid in a tomb. His body sealed tight within the grave.
When the women came…they found the stone rolled away.
When the disciples rushed forward … they found the grave empty.
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” the angel asked.
It’s hard to explain faith.
Hebrews 11:1 defines it: the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;
the assurance of things we cannot see.
Faith must be active, alive.
You have to dare to believe … even when it seems crazy or foolish or downright impossible.
You have to be able to see beyond bare landscapes and difficult roads and even graves.
You have to choose faith.
Jesus helps. He is alive … present on the journey showing his nail-scarred hands; offering words of forgiveness and peace to those who have betrayed and deserted; welcoming his followers and feeding them; sending them into the world with the promise of his presence and power.
We can have assurance and confidence in life because we are Easter people. Choose this day that you will follow, and worship, and serve Jesus. He alone will transform lives, churches, communities, and the world. Because HE IS ALIVE!
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!
It is the season for God’s people to reveal the Good News of Jesus.
Western Reserve District Office:
Rev. Sondra Snode
71 North Park Place
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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