Dear Memorial UMC Family,
Spring is coming in full force and we can see the gorgeous effects around us. We are delighted to see all the trees and plants blooming and the fragrance; this is one of the greatest reminders that God is near you and within you. By looking at the first signs of Spring we too can see that God is at work and He is renewing our world and our lives too! In Psalm 8:3-4 we read:
1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Even for people in remote villages and throughout the ages that did not have a Bible, nature points out not to itself, but to God as the designer and keeper of creation. Earth recounts the wonder and works of our Lord and Savior, and reminds us to whom we ought to look and praise. Every season I have experienced in my life brings something new to the forefront; sometimes it is something that I need to deal with, sometimes it is work I need to do, and others is a time of rest. However, during the "spring time" season in my life I see God's work making every aspect of my life flourishing and blooming. It is not myself, but it is He, and this what I proclaim and preach!
Perhaps you have experienced a hard and long spiritual winter in you life or with your family, perhaps you are in a season of hard work, or even a season of rest. Not matter in which season you are know one thing, God is there with you. He is working on an aspect of your life; make sure that you pay attention and listen to Him. However, there is one more thing that wee need to know and to do.
You know what all these seasons have all in common; they declare the Glory of our Lord. They 'preach' continuously about the Lord and His majesty, no matter which season we are in, they express an aspect of God's splendor.
In Psalm 18:1-4:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
As we are entering this beautiful season of spring, remember this, God renews everything in our lives, in our church, and in our communities. He causes us to grow and bear fruit. What do we do in return? We declare the Glory of God to everyone, we preach the magnificent Work of His Hands, tirelessly, and day after day we put fort speech and reveal His knowledge–sometimes without words, only by our actions so the whole world, people around us can see how great is our Lord. So go forth and show the world that indeed the creator is working in you and within you!
Pastor David J.