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Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day! May Day!

May Day! May Day!

A distress call might have been in order today in our part of Colorado. Although yesterday was a beautiful, sunny, 80-degree day, this morning brought three inches of snow and freezing temperatures. Our neighbors who had their sprinkler systems turned on may encounter frozen pipes. Life in Colorado is never boring.

Sometimes it’s hard to accept change, not just changes in the weather but also many other kinds of changes. As life progresses, so do aches, pains, and the inability to perform yard work. After I mowed the grass and fertilized the front lawn last week, my back muscles tightened up and my legs felt rubbery. Perhaps the stress of two lower back surgeries has contributed to this condition, but I would be in worse shape if I hadn’t had the surgeries. I’m guessing the aging process is another contributor. At any rate, I’m not looking forward to trimming shrubs and clearing away the debris. I may not like a May 1 snowstorm, but the snow didn’t accumulate on the sidewalk or driveway. I don’t have to shovel the lawns!

God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6). That truth is comforting. We may rely on Him to remain loving, gracious, merciful, kind, available, compassionate, all wise and omnipotent. Nothing thwarts His purposes. No one overturns His truth.

Penrose, the community in which I am serving as an interim pastor, has invited churches and other organizations to commemorate its centennial by doing something special. One church plans to make a quilt. If you wish to suggest a project our church can undertake, please let me know. We want to show community spirit and provide a good witness.

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