From Pastor Caroline (4/15/22) . . .

Easter

April 15, 2022

“Peter got up and ran to the tomb;

 stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves;

then he went home, amazed at what had happened.”

~Luke 24:12

I love spring as we experience a change of pace in our schedules and all of the new life that we encounter around us. The trees are leafing out after months of empty branches. I had begun to wonder if they had any life left in them at all. Plants are once again coming to life and a rainbow of blossoms is appearing. Through the winter I always tend to forget the immense beauty of it.

It is our first spring in Georgia and the Georgia spring really is beautiful. I don’t really mind the winter here so much either! But the spring colors are certainly welcome. The spring really is spectacular with the daffodils, the azaleas, the pear trees and dogwoods. It’s just beautiful. It is a reminder of life!

There are sounds of new life as well with the frog songs and all the birds. One sound that I loved so much as a kid is the sound of the cicadas. I loved playing outside on summer evenings, hearing the cicadas in the trees and finding their little empty shells on the ground and on the trees. I would collect them and bring my finds in the house at the end of the day.

The first time my kids saw the empty shell they thought it was a dead bug and were quite upset! I had to explain to them that it was just an empty shell and that the cicada lived. Those empty shells abandoned for new life. What appears to be a dead bug is, in fact, what is left behind for new life.

Barbara Brown Taylor says this of the cicadas: “I’ll bet none of them could have told you where they left their old clothes. And that is all the disciples saw when they got to the tomb on that first morning – two piles of old clothes.”

The sound of the cicadas reminds me that things are not always as they appear. Sometimes we must look further than what lies before us. We must be willing to spend time in the empty tomb. We must be willing to look closely and to listen. When we do, we will see that there is new life! This requires that we are willing to believe the unbelievable …He is risen!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Caroline