Dear Friends,

I don’t know about you, but I am thankful we are now in the season of Easter!  Lent is always tough, it should be.  This year was especially overwhelming though.  I found my usual Lenten practices and preparations scattered in my thoughts and heart with everything else.  It wasn’t until Palm Sunday I was able to take a deep breath and focus again.  Now, we are in the week after Easter and there seems to be renewed hope.
One such joy was from our Lent for Everyone reading for this morning. This morning as I read through Matthew 28:16-20 I was reminded of the gift of the Great Commission.  Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  I encourage you to take at least five minutes of your day to read through this text a few times following a similar practice of Lectio Divina.  Read through it one time, just to reconnect with the scripture.  Read through it a second time, allowing for words and phrases to “pop out” at you.  Read through it a third time, praying over those words and/or phrase.  What is God revealing to you this day?  How is the Great Commission calling you?
The scriptures are sure and true friends.  The resurrection is real!  The Lord is present with us ALWAYS and for that I give thanks.
With Joy and Hope,

Pastor Lissa