“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5)
This past Friday was a beautiful day of sunshine and warmer temperatures. I spent time in our backyard digging up weeds that had made their home in our yard. I was sweating by the time it was all over. The weeds left holes of various sizes in the yard. To help the ground, I filled in the holes and planted grass seed. My husband catches me looking in the backyard often since then. He asked me on Sunday, “just what was I looking at?”
I said I am waiting for the grass to sprout. I am waiting for the yard to be made new. Of course the grass is not going to sprout overnight. The sun must work in coaxing the seeds to become seedlings and begin making new grass in the weeks to come.
As the cold snap hit on Saturday, I longed for the springtime of Friday. I love springtime. I love the sun and watching plants come out of hibernation to form new life. Maybe this is why I love Lent. Lent is a form of springtime. A time where I watch people come out of hibernation and form new meanings for life and new purposes. I believe this is why Easter is powerful. It is not simply a reminder but a feeling that God continues to make us new.
I am in love with a God who finds it necessary to take the time to make each one of us new, year in and year out. I am not sure why this surprises us. If God will do it for plants, trees, and the animals of the earth, why would God not make all things new for those who are created in the image of God?
I am always reminded with my biology background that the beautiful plants, as we see in the photo, underwent an intense struggle to make it above ground. It was not easy but the seedling was resilient.
This springtime may we be resilient to follow Christ to the night of his betrayal, his death, and resurrection. You are invited to share in the journey with us. Come and be made new.
Maundy Thursday Communion Service – April 18th at 6pm.
Good Friday Tenebrae Reader’s Theater – April 19th at 6 pm.
Easter Egg Hunt with Crafts – April 20th at 9:30 am
Easter Brunch – April 21st at 9:30 am.
Easter Communion Service – April 21st at 10:50 am.
For on Easter morn the sun shines brighter than ever. For all things have been made new. Those words and actions we know to be trustworthy and true.