The Pastor's Peace - April, 2016
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As we find ourselves in spring and the coming warm weather, it is a great time to remember the metaphor that spring offers us concerning our own lives and situations. No, I am not talking about the metaphor of allergies or the metaphor of getting your lawn mower tuned up, but rather the metaphor of the newness of spring. It is the season when we see the new life of the earth coming into existence. All around us the trees grow leaves and new flowers start to bloom. This of course fits very well with our theme of Easter: new life springing forth from the seemingly dead and silent world.

In thinking about it, however, the lawnmower metaphor might work as well after all. When spring comes we need to get ready for the new season and the new things growing all around us. We need to start mowing and weeding again. We need to think about what kind of flowers we want to plant. We dust off the patio furniture and get down our warmer weather clothes from the top of the closet. All of this is a reaction to the newness around us. We understand that we need to change and adapt to these new things. This requires new work and approaches to our world. This was not so different for the disciples after Easter and after Christ appeared to them. Things were not the same; they were new and completely different. They were different in a good way, but different nonetheless. The disciples had a new understanding of Christ’s ministry and what he represented and what he called them to do. Their job was to respond and face the world, fulfilling these new ministries that were laid out before them.

In the same way, if we are striving to embrace the newness that Christ brings to our lives, it might mean a change or two along the way. If we are stuck in the same rut, or feel that part of our life is dragging us down, then to change that, we will need to respond to our lives in different ways. When we pray to God for change in our life, we should be prepared to change the way we do things. Newness and change can be great, but they usually require that we have a new approach to life as well. As we celebrate Easter for the weeks to come, think about what new thing Christ might be leading you to in your life, but also think about what new actions need to be done on your part to make it a reality.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Bryan