Pastor’s Reflection

Christ the Lord is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
Eastertide is here and with it comes the opportunity to see newness of life springing up all around us.
There are the obvious signs of new life displayed in the abundance of color in flowering plants and trees, and the presence of babies born to members of the congregation nearly every month now.
The post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus in our Easter season readings are meant to show us that God is always about bringing newness of life into being. The question before us is always whether we will recognize what God is doing among us.
In our busyness and in our tendencies to see things as they have always been, we often need reminders to be looking for what the ancient prophet Isaiah tells us of what God says: “Behold! I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it?”
Recognition of the new things God is doing does not come easily for anyone. The biblical narratives point that out quite successfully.
Mary thought that Jesus was a gardener until he spoke her name.
The disciples at Emmaus recognized Jesus only in the breaking of the bread.
Thomas recognized Jesus only by seeing his wounds and hearing the words of peace given to him.
Although Jesus had appeared to them twice before, his presence among the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee was only recognized when he filled their fishers’ nets to overflowing. So much depends on God’s revelation to us paired with our recognition of what God is doing among us. This is certainly true regarding the transition Christ Lutheran Church is going through. As you build on the past recognitions of the kind of congregation God has formed you to be while being aware of how God is ever shaping you for the present and future, something new will be emerging.
May we all (as Jesus so frequently said) have “eyes to see and ears to hear” what God is doing.
Blessings throughout Eastertide!
Pastor Stephanie