Well, that was an ... interesting season of Lent. My Church life has changed more dramatically than I would have thought possible at the start of the season. Things started out innocently enough - Fat Tuesday at my house means Taco Truck Tacos and drinks all around!
Lent turned out to be a season of sadness in general. After seven years at BCF my family has left. The time was not wasted - we've been blessed by much fellowship and friendship - but I can't help feeling a sense of sadness and failure at our departure. I'll have more later to say about my reasons for going and what I hope to do next but for now I am still processing it all myself.
Not all has been sadness - we had a lovely Sunday playing hooky with friends and talking about the future.
After the long Lenten season Easter was a reminder that God is a God of life from Death. We remember the death, but we celebrate the victory of resurrection life.
In fact I would go so far as to say that Easter has left me hopeful. I've spent some time looking back, thinking about events and decisions, what I could have done differently or wished others had done. I thought about the last congregation I was a part of - leaving doesn't get any easier! And now I am immersed in change and though much of what I value most in my life - life in the Body of Christ - is uncertain going forwards I believe and trust that He has something good in store for me and my family in the year to come. In the season of Easter I am grateful to be reminded of the presence of my resurrected savior and of the power of the one who raised Him from the Dead.
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Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed!