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A Note from Pastor Dan

Greetings:

As a kid I use to love to see Easter come, a time of celebration, getting candy and time off from school. I don’t know what part of it I liked better. As an adult it has taken on new significance, not all of which is joyful anticipation. I have noticed a pattern over the years that has taken a more ominous turn. Looking with hindsight I have observed that with some regularity international, national and personal crises seem to come during this period. It makes me feel like I would like to jump through the Lenten period and go straight to the resurrection – and parenthetically miss this year’s crises. I suspect the early disciples would have liked to miss this event as well. Having spent three years journeying with Jesus, hearing his occasional cryptic remark about his own death would be enough to put anyone on edge. No less, going to Jerusalem at a time when they had to know that there were powerful individuals looking to condemn him.

What I have found during these times is God’s call to go deeper. As a child it was easy to see the Christian experience as one which would go from Christmas to Easter and then Pentecost – not particularly difficult, just know a few stories and possibly go to church a couple more times. However, as an adult those stories and my story seem to be more in tension. Will I believe? Am I open to see God’s hand in the current situation? Hence, the call to go deeper; to love God and trust that I am not abandoned in the face of what appears to be an impending darkness. Resurrection – the transformation of the impossible – into life and freedom still looms beyond what I might be able to see. I don’t know if I will ever get use to the waiting, but God has promised to give us the power to do so through the release of the Spirit which we will be celebrating shortly at Pentecost.

How about you?

Blessings, Pastor Dan
May 2018

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