From the Pastor
The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 145:8-9; 14-18
There are many promises in this short piece of Psalm 145: The Lord is good, compassionate, just, kind, loving, and near to us. The writer pours out those words of promise, but in the midst is the reminder: “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.”
That phrase, “in due season”, caught my attention as I read it again. Perhaps, because as I write this the snow is falling once again, I feel anxious about the season. I think we all get impatient. We get ahead of ourselves and worry about things that haven’t happened yet, and may never occur.
Faith, at its very heart, is the trust that the Lord is ultimately the one who holds our future. Instead of anxiety about what might be, perhaps we need to focus again on the things we know. The Lord is gracious and merciful, good, just, kind, and loving. Jesus, our Savior, has promised to be with us always. Easter is the announcement of ultimate victory. All of what we know about our God reminds us that we have many more reasons to be at peace, that to live in fear. So, as the new season of spring finally arrives, rejoice in this day.
Pastor John Twiton