The celebration we began nearly 6 weeks ago continues to unfold as this spring continues to beckon us throw open the windows of our own "tombs" and let a fresh breath of the Spirit flood our lives with warmth and light. It is good to be people of the Resurrection, and know that, wherever the Wind of God may blow, we are moving on with it, bearing witness to the living Christ who journeys with us!
Many of us are longing to move on from this present state of living - something we did not invite nor do we welcome - under the precautions of this pandemic which seem to have no clean and easy "end" in sight. It can be disheartening to realize that, even as restrictions are being lifted for more human interaction, things will not be the same as they were just a couple of months ago. We continue to learn and adapt, and the reality is that we have a long way to go.
With that said, your leaders and I are still conferring about how and when we might be safe to offer some sort of in-person gathering opportunities for the church. We are not ready to speak a date yet, and if you read my letter last week, you are already aware that our new beginning will not look or feel like what we left behind.
But I wonder...is that not the mystery and power of this season? Is this not why the Spirit of God came upon the lives of those believers at Pentecost? Is it not a fresh expression of what Jesus promised us in John's Gospel - of one who would come alongside us and guide us in a wilderness world toward something that would transform the lives and hearts of all who encounter it?
I already sense the Spirit's stirrings, the new languages we have been "forced" to learn in the wake of what seemed to be the "absence" of God just a few weeks ago as we draped the cross and laid the Savior in the tomb. He lives, my friends! Nothing and nobody can change the course of history but that God allows it. Perhaps the resurrection power, the pentecostal power, is the empowerment we have languished for in these past years - generations, really! Do not fear the future, for wherever we walk with Christ is the right place to go.
Please pray for us to make wise decisions about returning to the building - that our decisions be built on Christian love and compassion, and not selfishness. And please pray for our church to continue to grow in what we are learning together while apart! Perhaps, indeed, we were baptized "for such a time as this."
I trust you'll read reminders and updates below with care, and remember that we rely on you and your faithful stewardship to continue to cultivate the seeds that have been planted among us in this season, as much as when we are face-to-face. Please stay in touch with me: 878-379-4458, should you have questions or concerns. I hold you very close in prayer and with thanksgiving!