In Celebration of New Life
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3
May is a month to celebrate new life. In fact, the name of this month comes from “Maia”, the Greek goddess of spring. A popular English saying proclaims, “April showers bring May flowers.” New life springs forth all around us bringing joy to our senses. But new life is not limited to the weather and foliage. During this month, people will move into our area and people will move out of it. Some individuals will enter the work force and others will retire. People will enter this world and others will leave it. Couples will get married. Students will graduate. While you may not personally experience any of these scenarios this month, you will likely experience some kind of change. New life is as inevitable and predictable as the sun rising and setting each day to promote life.
This month is a time for us to celebrate new life in the church as well. We continue in the Easter season for the first two weeks. We celebrate the new life and living hope we have in our risen Savior, Je-sus. Beginning May 20, Pentecost, we celebrate the new life we have in the Holy Spirit as He fills His church with power to share our living hope. As we reach out in Christian love, our words and actions bring the joy of new life to others and ourselves.
Sometimes, our bodies respond to new life in less than pleasing ways. Allergies can dampen our enthusiasm for “new life.” Such reactions may encourage us to stay inside where the environment is more controlled and safe. Staying inside on beautiful spring days does little for the human spirit. God is calling us out to celebrate new life. Likewise, some people may respond to our Christian witness in less than pleasing ways. Such reactions may dampen our enthusiasm towards reaching out. We may want to stay “inside” where the environment is more controlled and safe. Yet this too, does little for our celebration of new life in Christ.
Both this world and people can and will disappoint us at times. All creation has been negatively impacted by sin. However, we have been positively impacted by the mercy of our God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This month, celebrate the new life that is around you, but even more celebrate the new life that is yours through faith in Jesus Christ!