From the Pastor’s Desk…
… if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you will be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58: 10-11
These words of Isaiah speak of transformation and I can’t help thinking of how we are constantly in some sort of transformation in living our daily lives as part of the living body of Christ. Once again, the rhythm of the seasons draw our attention to the world around us, bringing us into the ever-brightening days of spring. The church season has moved us into the glorious light of the Easter morning’s resurrection. We now are on the cusp of Pentecost where in the birth of the church moves us in to what is called ordinary time. Is it then a time where we settle in or get comfortable – do we become ordinary people – now that Easter is over and Christmas is months away?
I believe that if we look closely at Isaiah’s words it sounds like is still much to do as part of God’s work using our hands. It also sounds like that in doing for others our own light bursts through to dissipate our own troubles. We are assured that throughout life’s constant transformations God never leaves our side, will continually satisfy us in our own times of need and strengthen us to continue the journey. Take a few moments to ask these three questions. Where are your parched places? How does this community of faith make your bones strong? What gifts are you blessed with that would offer a wellspring of refreshing waters to our neighbors?
As the Pascal Candle’s light is extinguished after the gospel reading on Pentecost Sunday, let it be a reminder to us all that we are, as the living body of Christ, commissioned to be the light overcoming darkness in the world.
Joyful Blessings of Spring,