Can you believe that we are now in April? The snow has left us (I think – it is Michigan, after all!) for the winter, Spring is in the air and soon we will be talking about summer activities. Time marches on so fast! That said, I invite you to slow down this month and try something new.

By the time you are reading this we will have just celebrated Easter and will be living in the newness that comes from emerging from the empty grave with Christ. But…it is so easy to not live in the new for long. The old ways are always with us. And, to borrow a line from the Godfather III movie, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” The old ways are comfortable and the path well-trod. And, frankly, after 2020 a little of the old ways isn’t bad – is it?

Well, yes and no. The question is – do the old ways help us to keep following Christ into the newness of tomorrow? It’s a personal question and one that I can’t answer for you. I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer lies in the tension of yes and no. And, again, it’s personal. So, here is my plan to help me live in this tension, trusting God – I am going to make sure to be fully in the moment and to consciously recognize and celebrate the old, the ancient and the new, the changing. Want to try this with me? Here are just some ways I am going to do this – walk barefoot in the mud – connecting to the ancient earth and feeling the newness of the soil, lay down in the grass and watch the changing clouds, visit with the elderly and hold the babies and love the children….the possibilities really are endless but the goal is this for me – to remember that the God, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, calls me into deeper water AND goes with me. I want to be brave in the face of different. I want to live above and beyond with and for God. I don’t know what 2021 or 2022 will hold – but I know Who holds my tomorrows.

Above and Beyond with God, together,

Your Pastor