Well, church family, we have come through the Seasons of Advent (All Saints, Thanksgiving), Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, (Holy Week; Ash Wednesday, Lenten Services, Good Friday) and Easter! Whew! Seems like a lot but they were times of enrichment and growing closer in and to Christ. After May 24, which is Pentecost, we will be in Ordinary time and we will start all over again. The Christian Church year focuses on the life and ministry of Jesus. The sequence of festivals from Advent to Resurrection Sunday (He is alive indeed, Hallelujah!) becomes an annual spiritual journey for worshippers as they kneel at the manger, listen on a hillside, walk the streets of Jerusalem, hear the roar of the mob, stand beneath the cross, and witness the resurrection! The rest of the church year provides opportunity for us to reflect on the meaning of the coming of Jesus and his commission to his people to be a light to the world. Let us not forget all we have done together this Christian year. I hope I have helped each of you to learn a little more about the Christ we serve. <!–split–>
I am now in the back of the boat taking some much needed rest for the mind, body and spirit. I’m not literally in the back of the boat but figuratively, meaning I am resting in the arms of our Lord. When my vacation time is over, I hope and pray to be renewed and refreshed.
Let me leave you with an article I read in the Alive Now and it ministered to my soul, I pray it will do the same for you.
God, your people are broken, bodies shattered by accident, grappling with illness, slowed by injury. God, your people are broken, spirits burdened with care, aching from loss, shadowed by grief. God, your people are broken, bowed with fatigue yet longing to help and needing to touch. God, your people are broken, and you call us together to be your body – a body broken.
God, your people are broken, and we find in each other agents of healing and voices of hope. God, your people are broken, hearts stretched wide to hold the stories of lives that are shared. God, your people are broken, given as gift one to another, learning together what it means to be whole.
Loving you all, your sister in Christ,