In a season of change and transition, sabbatical and summer, we find ourselves moving through a new landscape. From the first sermon about fallow land to closing out my season with you in this transition, I am hoping that your gardens, your hearts, your spirits, your minds have all had time for rest, renewal, recreation, and renovation. What has this season been like for you?
As Jesus approached the cross, he gave his disciples a message of hope wrapped in a kernel of wheat. His life as he knew it was coming to an end. It was painful, and his disciples did not understand all that he was sacrificing. IF Jesus had held onto THAT life, he would have never experienced the Resurrected life. Nor would Jesus have brought to us the Hope in the resurrected life.
As the life that we know changes, convulses, and comes to a close in our new reality, take from Jesus the kernel of wheat:
John 12:24-25 “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
If we fight against the changes that God brings to us in this new season, we might miss the HOPE of the resurrected life. What does God have in store for you in a resurrection season? In a season of growth and harvest. First plant the seed, allow it to die – allow the life that you know to die – and be transformed into a new life of the abundance of seeds – seeds in ministry, in family, in community, in spirit, in prayer life … and in this beloved Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal. May you have Holy Hope in this new season and the blessings of Christ always.