Stone United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

Pastor's Reflections

 
 
 
          
            
                                 
         
                                                                                                                
                                                              

                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                 

Dear Friends,  

Out of the blue, and completely out of season, words from Dr. Seuss', How the Grinch Stole Christmas came to me this week. Certain he had stolen their Christmas joy, the Grinch is stunned by the sounds of Christmas morning; “Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, was singing! Without any presents at all! He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!” The Grinch then puzzles “till his puzzler was sore” and comes to a startling realization; “Maybe Christmas he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!”

That's it! The Grinch's Christmas claim is true for Easter as well! Easter is not limited by what is happening around us. Easter doesn’t get canceled or postponed. Easter isn't about a bunny and baskets, chocolates or jelly beans. Easter isn't even about family dinners, lilies in the sanctuary or singing “He Lives” in church. Easter is about Jesus' resurrection and the powerful presence of the Risen Christ in our lives and in our world. Scripture tells us when the women arrived at Jesus’ tomb on that first Easter morning they were faced with an unsettling truth in words from a divine messenger “Jesus has been raised from the dead, and indeed is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him”(Matthew 28:7). Upon hearing this the women set off quickly “with fear and great joy” to tell the disciples. The word literally and figuratively moved them into a new future.

This is not just a powerful image. It is a powerful reality. Jesus Christ is not only with us but is going ahead of us! In a living loving presence, Christ confronts every challenge and every joy with us. During these days of social distancing while I cannot be with you in person, please know that I hold you close in thought and prayer. 

In the grace and peace of the Risen Christ...Sarah

                                                                                                                                                          

    Stone United Methodist Church, I love this place!

    In the Peace, Power and Presence of Christ...Pastor Sarah

 

             

 

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