Just wanted to share with the blogging world the letter I put in our March newsletter. Hope it is of some meaning to this world, too.
Psalm 22: 1 “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” The beginning of this Psalm doesn’t sound so good, and thankfully by the time we read further, we realize the tone of the writer changes to thankfulness for all that God has done. In actuality this Psalm is pointing to the Christ who is coming to save the world as this very opening verse is the one that Jesus recites as he hangs on the cross. We may believe he is asking why God has abandoned him, yet he is likely also remembering the entire Psalm that ends with a note about how we in future generations will be learning of all he (Jesus) has done to deliver us from evil. The month of March is smack in the middle of the Lenten Season this year. As a teacher, I know how this becomes one of the longest months of the year. It may also feel that way for anyone who has personal or family health concerns or is busy with calving or preparing equipment for the next year of farming. After a long cold winter, March can feel like spring will never get here. We may have not had a record amount of snow this year, as other parts of our country have had, but the cold seems to want to seep into our very bones. Gazing out from the Second Sunday in Lent, I am not sure that Easter is something we can find. It feels like Lent is a road full of twists and turns and Easter is someplace in a hidden valley or through a tunnel we can’t seem to find. Fortunately for us, we have the scriptures to reassure us that there is a light at the end of that tunnel, and God is sure to be with us to help us find the way. In Christ’s Love: Pastor LuCinda