The Pastor's Peace - May, 2017
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Spring has sprung! All you have to do is look around to know this; everywhere things are in bloom. Flowers are in bloom, trees are in bloom, grass is growing, and the dandelions have put up their little heads. Of course, you could also just look in the drugstore and see the empty shelf where the Benadryl was and you too would know that spring is here. In addition to all of the green, there is all of the yellow, all of that pollen that covers every car and surface in sight. It is allergy season and with all that new life comes a great deal of discomfort. New life, however, can also be a messy and painful thing. Just ask any mother and she will confirm that for you.

Sometimes we want to change something in our life, create something new, and we look forward to what we think that new life will be for us. We think of the changes that will make our life happy, but we often underestimate what it will take to make those changes. Any change for the better in life usually requires some work and some growing pains in the process. On one hand this might not make sense because why shouldn’t something good for us just be easy? The thing we forget is that for new life or new things to come forth there are several things required: growth, transformation, and often a death of the old self. Death and transformation are not so much fun, but are often required to move forward. Even something simple like losing weight and eating healthier requires that we let those old habits and cravings die, and that we transform how we view ourselves and how we relate to food. Not always so simple and pain free.

Having just experienced the event of Easter, all of this death and new life talk should be familiar to us. We see the new life of the resurrection come out of the death of the crucifixion. This type of transformation is not only seen in the story of Christ but also in our story and in our life. There are many crosses and challenges that we face in our life.

That life-giving power of Christ is present with us for each and every one of those crosses. Faith in this transformative power can help us through such difficulties. It should also not be surprising that when we try to change things in our life for the better, we encounter difficulty. It is not a sign that we are doing something wrong, but rather a fact that every real life change requires work. As you celebrate or suffer through spring, I hope that you, like the new leaves, are growing to better places. There will be pain, there will be hardship, but we grow and transform together with Christ into the beautiful Kingdom of God that we have been destined to become.

Peace, Blessings, and Happy Spring!

Pastor Brian