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Pastor Claudia, Interim Pastor

All Things New

  During the first two weeks of October, Jim and I visited eight national parks in the southwest.  Each was unique and breath taking.  The landscape between parks was just as fascinating as the parks themselves. 

 Toward the end of our trip, I remember driving into the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and seeing evidence of past forest fires.  I was fascinated.  The ground was scarred with charred trees both standing and fallen. In some places, the damage was as far as one could see.  But what fascinated me the most was the new growth. Green vegetation, young pine trees and the fall colors of aspen trees were sprinkled throughout the fire damage.  The forest was being reborn; it was being made new.

Is that not what Christ promises us? Paul writes “that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT) 

 As I looked at the fire damage at the Grand Canyon, I couldn’t help but think of how like a forest recovering from a fire our life in Christ really is. The old life is gone. New life begins when Jesus becomes our personal Lord and Savior. Today we are like the green vegetation and the new pine and aspen trees replacing what was once black and barren. We are reborn; we are being made new. 

 I would love to return the the North Rim someday to see what the forest becomes. In the mean time, I’ll enjoy the journey of watching what we each become.

 To God be the Glory!

Claudia McCain

Interim Pastor






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