Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in this St. Patrick’s Day, and be glad in the “wearin’ o’ the green,” if you’re so inclined. According to legend, in addition to driving all snakes out of Ireland, St. Patrick (also know as “the Apostle of Ireland), he used the shamrock to explain the Doctrine of the Trinity, and his walking stick grew into a tree at a place now known as Aspatria. In fact, Patrick was a missionary and bishop in Ireland, and is revered to this day as the patron saint of Ireland.
Just over two weeks from today, we will welcome the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday with shouts of “Hosanna!” and “Christ is Risen; he is Risen, Indeed!” The world will be filled with joy, as we learn again that our sins are forgiven, and we are made new. Most of us are more-than-ready to be made new, as the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives; we’re ready to move on, to return to the way things used to be. That day is surely coming, but we’re not there yet, and so the watchword for the day is patience; millions of people are being vaccinated every day, new therapeutics are being approved, and gradually, limitations on our movements and activities are easing. We’re so very close, so let us not grow weary in the struggle. Consider the words of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who wrote “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can,” and remember how much we’ve been through as individuals and as a community in the past year, and then think about where we are today. Just a little while longer, trusting in the wisdom and love of God, and we, too, can experience a resurrection of sorts, when masks and social distancing and contact tracing will no longer be a part of every day. Until that day comes, let us remember that God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good.
Blessings as you travel your Lenten journey!
Karen and Greg
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
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