Yeah Spring! It’s finally here. This is my favorite time of year! (I know I say that at other times, I just love the time I am in.) I love spring so much. This was a hard winter with lots of snow and ice. It was cold, it was grey (which is hard on me) and the roads were so bad so much of the time. It can get depressing to be trapped at home. Now with just a hint of sun I find myself going outside. I’m checking out the flowerbeds and walking the dog. I am opening the windows for fresh air and listening to the birds sing. Right now there are hardly any flowers (I do have a few daffodils in bloom) but the promise is there. The promise of new life is all around us, poking its head out from dirt long frozen and seemingly dead.
I love spring so much because this is the story our faith tells. Ours is a religion that celebrates cycles. We celebrate death and new life, and whenever the natural world echoes our faith I am on a high. Our faith is all about hope, it is all about looking for new life in seemingly dead places, and it is all about waiting for something new. This time of year we trust in our future; we know that it will continue to warm up, and there will be rain, and there will be more flowers than we count. When we do this we are modeling our faith. We know that God holds that future of spring in full bloom, and it will be here before we know it. We can trust so easily in this promise of the changing seasons.
So too, we are called to trust God in the changing seasons of our lives. When it feels like all is over and lost we need to remember this faith we had in the coming spring. God is still working, God is still there, and new life is around the corner for us, even when we have trouble seeing it.
One of my favorite hymns is “In the Bulb There is a Flower” which reminds us that God is always at work in hidden ways but we must wait until that future is revealed. “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.” In the natural world, the revealing spring is just now starting to peek out. But God has held its promise this whole time. So too, God holds the promise of our futures.
Soon it will be Easter and we will celebrate together. Join us in church for Palm Sunday April 14th, Good Friday 7pm April 19th, and Easter Sunday April 21st. Together let us celebrate the promise of new life made manifest. I love this time of year! And I love you. I’ll see you in church.
With Love, Pastor Heather
Listen to Pastor Heather's sermon here . . .
"Preaching the Palms"
(You need to skip past choir anthem to hear the sermon)