Pastor Joseph Huston
Sunday Morning Worship 9:15 am
Children’s Sunday School 9:30 am
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Parsonage Phone (517) 646-6530
Spring is Coming – Really
Spring is coming! After a lot of snow, a very rough flu season, temperatures up and down but still pretty cold, it may not seem like it, BUT, spring IS coming! The Old Farmer’s Almanac says the new season begins with the vernal equinox (which means “spring’s equal night”) at 11:15 A.M. (EDT) on March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the day in spring when the day and night are close to being the same length. It’s just a little less than a month away.
Signs of the coming spring are all around in spite of the weather: days are longer and birds are beginning to sing their morning songs. John Smith has made an appeal for help seeding the church lawn! Soon we will see robins. Spring flowers will begin pushing through the snow and… seed catalogues, well, they have been coming in the mail for some time. Stores are putting out displays of flower and vegetable seeds as well as garden and lawn care tools and equipment.
Gardeners are placing orders or buying supplies. Soon garden plots will be tilled, seeds planted, bedding plants set out and… before we know it, sprouts and seedlings will begin to push up through the ground.
The scriptures speak of growing plants as well. They take the stage in the creation story in Genesis. The Psalmist talks about tress growing by streams of water. Jesus talked about a sower scattering seed and of vine yards and fig trees being tended.
Paul talked about a follower of Christ producing the fruit of the Spirit: “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5: 22 & 23a, NRSV). These are winsome and gracious traits of the maturing, growing disciple. Rereading the list prompts me to ask myself what “fruit” do others see in my life? Do they see love, joy, peace…or do they see something else: anxiety, pre-occupation, a quick temper?
Scriptures promise that God will transform our lives: grow the fruit of the Spirit in us, but do we simply wait for this to take place? I have found the answer to be both yes and no. Yes in the sense that though the gardener plants the seeds and the seedlings, the gardener cannot make them grow. That is the miracle of life, a gift from God. However, the gardener can prepare the soil, provide the necessary water and fertilizer and can keep the seed beds free of weeds. So can we. God calls us to work with the Holy Spirit preparing a willing and receptive heart by reading the scriptures and praying as we seek to know and do God’s will. This is to live life in God. When we do, we grow strong in the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit begins to grow in us.
Thanks be to God for the gift of spring. Thanks be to God for the Spring Time of our souls.
I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday and all through the season of Lent.
Christ’s Grace and Peace,
– Pastor Joe