Pastor’s Ponderings

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

April showers bring May flowers, but what does April snow bring? May flowers! (We can hope, right?)  As I sit to write the May letter to all of you, I am struck by the highs and lows of life and all that happens in between.  What strikes me the most is that in the upside-downness of it all (I think I just made up a word), God is there. In the midst of life, God is there. When we are crazy happy, God is there. When tragedy strikes, God is there.

If you have been in worship at some point in the past month, you are aware that my great-niece, Brooklyne (11 mos. old) was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She has already received 10 days of chemotherapy and is in a 20-day rest period. They will repeat this pattern for four months.  The doctors have been impressed with how well she is taking the treatment. My brother Butch (Brooke’s grandpa) sent me a video of Brooklyne crawling in her hospital room, pushing her IV pole as she headed towards the door. The caption was, “Brooklyne has had enough…she’s outta’ here!”  Her chemo treatments last 3-5 hours and begin at 9PM. I asked my brother if she sleeps through them, and he said, “If we hold her.”  How beautiful is that? How many adult cancer patients would love to be held when they’re receiving their chemo treatments? In the midst of life, God is there.

While we are dealing with serious diagnoses, unexpected death, and many other hardships in our lives, there are many beautiful, wonderful things happening all around us! The month of May brings with it many celebrations:  Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th.  We will honor all of the women and girls who come to worship that day with special gifts. Bernardo Gonzalez will be preaching, so I can celebrate my mom’s 85th birthday with family from faraway places that weekend. In the midst of life, God is there.

On Sunday, May 19th, we will bless the Community Preschool Children who are moving on to Kindergarten in the Fall. What a blessing these precious little ones have been to our church!  After worship, we will enjoy walking tacos, hot dogs, and a Preschool Blessing cake. Then, we will have an opportunity to plant our Community Garden! Please pray that it will be a place for our neighbors to gather this summer to share the workload of maintaining it and eventually, harvesting delicious vegetables to share.  In the midst of life, God is there.

We would like to remember those who have died who served in the        military on Sunday, May 26th. Will you please send pictures and stories of loved ones and friends who served in our armed forces, but now live and serve in God’s Heavenly Kingdom?  If you have email, please send your    pictures and stories to the church office: woodmarumc@att.net. If you do not have email, please bring in the picture/story and we will scan it in order to honor your loved one on May 26th.  In the midst of life, God is there.

As we continue living life together, let’s remember that we serve and      follow the RISEN Christ! There is nothing that can happen to us or our loved ones in this earthly life that can separate us from the One who calls us by name and loves us more than we can possibly imagine. Through all of the highs and lows in life, we are never alone…for in the midst of life, God is there.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

See you in worship!

Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,

Pastor Esta