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Pastor Claudia, Interim Pastor

New Life

 I love spring; I love fall.  I do not like winter – too cold, and I do not like summer – too hot.  My husband and I laugh because I seem to have a 2-degree comfort zone. Anything below 76 degrees and I’m freezing.  Anything above 78 degrees and I’m too hot. (But then again, you all know that I am somewhat different!)

 Fall is my favorite season. I love the smell of the harvest.  I love the angle of the sun.  I love the fall colors.  Closely behind fall is my love of spring. I love the promise of new life: flowers blooming, trees budding and I start to thaw from my long winter freeze.

 Winter lasted far too long this year.  I was afraid when I went to Florida last week, that I would miss spring entirely and return only to find summer in all of its heated glory.  Thank goodness that was not the case.  So now, I’m once again marveling at the miracle of new life.  Yes, the flowers are beautiful and it is so good to see green grass again, but the trees…ah the trees!  To me, they are the most fascinating part of spring.  I understand the concept of trees being dormant during the winter months.  But that doesn’t diminish the miracle.  The fact that tree, upon tree, upon tree can survive winter is a miracle to me.  Consider that they are frozen solid, at least the portion above ground level, for most if not all of the winter. And yet, miraculously, when spring comes and temperatures warm, the tree “wakes up” and we see new life.  That to me is a miracle that I never tire of seeing each spring.

 You know, God does the same with you and me. You were once dormant. Your thoughts, your actions, your passion seemed suspended, slowed down. Your thoughts took you directions God would not approve, your actions did not reflect Christ, your passions were misdirected.  That was BC – Before Christ. Then you met Jesus and He became your Savior.  Paul writes: This means 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) And the miracle of spring arrives but this time it was you who awoke to new life.

 God describes it this way: 26I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. (Ezekiel 36:26-27, NLT) Spring arrives – new life, new you!

 But, God is not done with creating new.  John writes in Revelation 21:4-5 (NLT) 4God will take away all their tears. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All the old things have passed away.” 5Then the One sitting on the throne said, “See! I am making all things new.” Ah, we look to the day and the promise of yet another spring and, once again, new life. 

 To God be the glory!

 Claudia McCain

Interim Pastor


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