May 2009 Pastor's Ponderings

May 2009 Pastor's Ponderings

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have to confess, with the exception of Sundays, I am not often out of the house in time to see the sunrise. You know how it is, full workdays, evening meetings, and putting your feet up for a few minutes when you come home doesn’t go together with getting up with the chickens.

Despite the fact that I usually miss the sunrise, I’ve always enjoyed mornings. I particularly love that time when the eastern night sky is just beginning to lighten from black to a deep dark blue just before the dawning of a new day. The rays of the sun barely touch the eastern sky while to the west the stars still shine. Despite the dark of night the hint of blue on the horizon is the assurance that the new day is on the way.

Even with the sun rising it was still a dark day when the women went to the tomb to finish preparing Jesus’ body for burial. However, the darkness that fell over their hearts in his death was about to give way to a new day and new life. The writer of Lamentations recounts how he was about to give in to despair when he remembered God’s faithfulness. Life had become dark and gloomy but he remembered, and therefore had hope; The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. As sure as the dawning sun, God’s steadfast love and mercy burst forth afresh every day.

We are in the midst of a time that is dark for many people; perhaps you are one of them. Many are without work. Finances are tight. You may not know if you have a job next week. A number of people are sick. The prayer list is full of people suffering through cancer. Relationships are strained. Hearts are broken and dreams are dashed. We mourn the loved ones we have lost. People ask, “Where is the light of hope?”

The Easter we celebrated a couple of weeks ago is a present reality not a past event. We are not waiting another year for the next Easter morning. Easter is a ray of light bringing the truth of God’s promises and the reality of his presence into every day of our lives. Jesus’ resurrection is the light on the horizon of our life that precedes the brilliance of our own resurrection. Even while other areas of our lives might seem dark, as the risen Christ rises in our life, the light of God’s grace and love overcomes the darkness.

I pray, that the light of Christ will dispel the darkness in your own heart and through you bring that life and hope to others.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!