Central United Methodist Church
Friday, April 20, 2018
Endicott, New York
Pastor's Corner

Spring is taking its own sweet time getting here.  At this moment, the air is full of unhappy comments about avoiding a snowy Easter. By the time you read this, perhaps there will be more of a glimmer of the greenness to come; maybe the snow will have mostly disappeared and a crocus or two will have pushed its purple head up in your yard. Welcome, April, that budding time where new life pushes its way into our consciousness: Hallelujah! 

But what we know about winter is that without it, Spring would never seem so glorious.  It would never be such a joy to walk out of the house without a coat. The yellow of the daffodils would seem commonplace, the song of the birds dull. We can’t have the new life of Spring without having first had the emptiness and silence of winter. 


What happens when you look at it from a larger perspective? While we may feel burdened by them, it is true that without the dead spaces and the lean times-- those cold grey winters of our lives--the resurrections we experience would seem meaningless. We find that so hard to remember when in the midst of those dry, desolate times, but are reminded every time we once again encounter a Spring. The ability to reclaim life out of death, even small deaths, is a gift from God--a precious and real gift, freely offered to each one of us. That’s what the fanfare of Easter is about; reclaiming, resurrecting, the grey and gloomy into life and light. They don’t have to be earth-shattering deaths or spectacular resurrections, either. Every redemption of a situation or event, every resurrection large or small, is a reminder that there is more at work in our lives than the things that seem hopeless or overwhelming. We can lose sight of that as we are walking in the shadows, much as we seem to forget the breathtaking beauty of that first crocus in the snow until we are startled by its sudden appearance each Spring.  Resurrections of any degree are like that.


May we find even more joy this Spring, when we remember the winters we have endured. May we celebrate our heritage as Easter/resurrection people. May we claim the gift and live it well!

Still in One Peace,