Pastor’s Reflection

Since this column is titled “Pastor’s Word,” I’ll make Metamorphosis be the word for April. Change is all around us, most easily seen in the transformation of the trees, bushes and flowers leafing out and bursting into color. As we have been journeying through Lent and continue to do so for a few more weeks, we have hopefully been changed by God’s Spirit to be more aware of our human frailties and need for God and also to more deeply appreciating the grace of God in Christ always present with us and providing the nourishment and companionship that we need on this journey of life.
 
Soon we will reach Holy Week with all of its sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings. May we again be changed during that time, as we move through the passion of our Lord from the sorrow of the crucifixion to the joy of Resurrection. These are not merely theological concepts but are rich signposts in our faith journeys to experience and appreciate anew the greatness of our God in providing for us forgiveness and an everlasting hope. I look forward to observing these sacred times with you as we seek to see how God brings metamorphosis into our lives and into the life of the congregation.
 
As you know, metamorphosis when observed in the life cycle of a monarch butterfly includes these stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Really only the final stage looks beautiful; getting there is one challenge after another. Similarly, we are all people at various stages of our spiritual development, struggling at times and celebrating at times, but fortunately always under our Creator’s watchful care.
 
Even as change occurs around us and within us, I hope we can all remember that God’s faithfulness endures from generation to generation. We may say that the only constant is change, but it’s really true that there are two constants: change in circumstances AND God’s faithfulness. In the midst of the changes we experience, God is always at work within us. We are daily being transformed as it says in II Corinthians 3:18: “All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into God’s image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”
 
Thanks be to God!
Pastor Stephanie