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. Just as day follows night, spring follows winter. New life is as inevitable and predictable as the sun rising and setting each day to promote life. I enjoy being outside, hiking in the mountains and boating on the lakes and rivers, but my celebration of life is always better when shared with other people.
This month is a time for us to celebrate the new life we have in Jesus. The waters of our baptism have given us new birth into a living hope. We can celebrate life because we have peace with God. Of course, our celebration is always better when shared with other believers. This month, 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, Jesus. Beginning May 23, 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 and joy, our words and actions communicate the joy of new life to others and ourselves.
Sometimes our bodies respond to the new life blooming around us 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. 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. God is calling us out to celebrate new life. We have a gift to share, whether it is received and appreciated or not.
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!
In His service and yours,
Pastor Mark R. Rhoads