Pastor Janet’s Jots- May- Hope of Spring
It has seemed to have been a long winter. I have longed for the warmth of the sun and the heat of milder days ahead. I am sure that many of you have too.
The Hope of Spring
Finally, last Monday, it was a nice day. So I decided to go golfing. As I went around the course, I noticed that little wrens were singing their hearts out, as they flitted about preparing to make their nest. Also, I noticed that there were lilac bushes where the leaves were beginning to unfurl.
It brought to my mind the song, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”. In the first verse, the words are: “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love, hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!”
As I enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the mild temperatures, this song kept playing in my head. I recognized that we too are called to give praise to our Maker. We give praise to the Son for the joys that we are given, both big and small.
We also have the darkness of sin and sadness that comes into our lives, from time to time. Those can only be taken away with the Light of Day. We take hope and are filled with joy that there is One who is greater than all our sin and sadness. That one is Jesus Christ, who took our sins and nailed them to the cross. Also by His resurrection, gives us the hope of resurrection as we remain faithful to Him. That brings joy and hope even in the darkest of times.
The Celebrations of Spring
During this month, as in life, there are many times of celebrations. There are confirmations, high school and college graduations, Mother’s Day, Heritage and Memorial Sunday. It is a time of celebration for accomplishments, new beginnings, for being nurtured, and remembering those who have gone before us in faith.
Living a good life in this world is nice, but it is not to be the only hope we have if we are Christians. We have a hope of heaven; Revelation 7:17 says, “For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 22:3-5 says, “No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship Him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. There will be no night there – no need for lamps or sun – for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.”
I hope you have an opportunity to get out and notice the wonder of new life that is bursting forth around us.