Hope has come…
Hello White Woman Lane Methodist Community,
March, what a time of hopefulness we’ve had. We were blessed this year with a glorious end to February. It was starting to feel like we had skipped all the way to April, others I’ve talked with thought it was more like June. Those sunny warm days have encouraged the flowering plants to begin showing there colourful brilliance: snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, and grape hyacinths to name a few, soon to be followed by flowering trees, tulips and more. Even the gentle rains of early March were a welcomed foretelling of what was to come. Plus, with no talk or indications that the “beast of the East” will occur this year, we are hopeful indeed.
As Christians, this time of the year reminds us of the hopefulness people had as Jesus began his 3 years of ministry to those who lived in Palestine. How he gathered his disciples and went from town to village to town with words of encouragement and healing for all the people whom he and the disciples met.
We celebrate this time of the year beginning with Ash Wednesday followed by the 40 days of Lent. This is our time as individuals and communities to retrace Jesus’ journey and journey ourselves through these 40 days. It is a time of ‘traveling lightly’ with our Lord. Taking in Jesus’ message of encouragement and healing for ourselves: listening, watching, and observing the life that is growing around us, while letting our soul awaken to his urgings, just as the earth awakens to the urgings of Spring. We will grieve, again on Good Friday to be awed once more by our ever giving and gracious God on Easter morn. Let there be hope.
May the God of grace, forgiveness and love be known to us ALL.