Pastor’s Note – April 2015

Pastor John Adel UMC

You all will probably be getting this newsletter during the week of Easter.

Spring break is over; for some it is a chance to renew and refresh.

We have welcomed the sunshine after a crazy winter.

We wonder about the stock market and if gas prices and the promise of tax refund checks will offset each other, so some of us are just waiting to see what’s going to happen next before we start any new, risky ventures.

A new presidential campaign is just beginning and I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to it. One thing we know for sure is, there is a change coming. Soon, nothing will be the same.

That’s the way it was on and after the first Easter. On that resurrection morning there was both despair and hope.

The old and familiar was gone yet there was this sense that some-thing even better was on its way.

If I had been there, I would have wanted to know what the change was going to mean and what it was going to look like and I would want to have a hand in shaping what it was going to be.

I am, basically, Thomas. Thomas can’t believe what has happened, unless he sees and handles. The relationship between seeing and believing is so strong.

Chris Rice has written a song with the lyric, “Sometimes finding You (God), is like trying to, smell the color nine.”

Nine is not a color, and even if it was, you can’t smell a color. Christ is made real to the world through the lives of Easter people.

For many, seeing how Christians live is the only test of the genuineness of the claims of Easter.

May this genuine Easter life get deep down inside of you and shine out gloriously.

– Pastor John