OK, enough already with the snow!
As I write, I think we have completed our 15th major snow storm of the season. As much as some of us like snow (and I do!), I know we’re all tired of the inconvenience, the shoveling, the shifted schedules, the interruptions and delays, the changes of plans. (On a positive “snow note,” our son-in-law is a snow plower so Pam and I rejoice that this winter has been good to him, our daughter, and our grandchildren!)
But maybe there is something “good” in all of this, something beneficial…maybe even something salutary. Major snowfalls force a halt in our lives; if not a halt, at least a slowing down. They force a change of pace, a redirection of energies. I have found myself spending more time in prayer and Bible reading during these “interruptions,” mainly because I have had more time to do so. I heard from one member last week about how neighbors were calling to check on her. Some of you have spent more time with your kids and/or grandchildren building snowpeople and baking and doing other things as schools have been closed.
But now I’m looking ahead…toward spring. Pretty soon the snow will begin to melt, and I’m guessing the bloom and blossom this year will be extra spectacular due to all the snow we’ve had.
This is the time of Lent: when death dissolves into life, painting the landscape of our faith-lives with new bloom and blush. May this time of Lent be for you a welcome interruption, a time of “change of plans,” when your prayer and devotional life is enhanced as you contemplate our Lord’s sacrifice in his passion and death.
Please continue to join us on our Wednesday evening Lenten journey, The Healing of the Nations. Soup and bread dinner begins at 6:00 pm and Holden Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm. Palm Sunday is on April 13. We will begin each service down in front of the Parsonage (if those mountains of snow melt in time) with the Blessing of the Palms and Procession up into the church. Please remember the later service will start at 10:45 am.
Easter is on April 20 with a brass quartet at each service. The later service will begin at 10:45 am. This issue of The Chimes contains the complete schedule for Holy Week.
Pastor Skip McDowell