As most people know by now, I am not a doom and gloom guy. My glass is always half full, not
half empty. But, I can be worn on the edges and this COLD weather and extended winter has been brutal at times.
Yet... what comes after winter? ... Spring. And I am convinced it will be here... sometime.
The Ides of March is approaching (bad day for Julius Caesar) and for me, who had two years of Latin in high school; the Ides has always been a date I remember. My personal sense is that spring usually really starts after that day (March 15), so I remain patient... one week to go.
The several groundhogs (see my blog of February 2018 where I talked about Punxsutawney Phil and Woodstock Willie) have said spring will be early... but that was six weeks ago and it isn't spring yet.
May flowers are brought by April showers... but we aren't there yet; so that is still an open question.
All that said, we are in the season of Lent and that is time to focus on our faith and on our future. It is a time when we can think about and reflect on the events that led to the beginning of Christianity; and we are a religion of positive thinking with a strong belief in the goodness in the world.
We are ready to celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior on Easter... and every day really.
We are ready for spring.
We are ready for a new pastor.
We are ready to stay a strong, fully-engaged, fully participating congregation of Christians worshiping together weekly, caring for each other, and working to carry out God's work in the world. We are ready to welcome a new pastor... but we understand that a pastor a church does not make, it is us, the members. I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful church family. I hope you are too.