|Greetings, to my partners in ministry and co-workers in the faith,
Easter is almost here! Soon, voices will be joining in that old familiar chorus we often say on Easter, “Christ has risen, He has risen indeed”. In these words we find hope, and assurance, perhaps this year more than others. As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, may we also search for re-birth and renewal of our souls and spirits.
Together over the last year, we have navigated things like finding new ways to do pastoral care, learning new ways to use technology, and walking with our congregations as we discovered new ways to be the church. For many, we had to find new ways to do Course of Study or theological school. Bi-vocational pastors faced different challenges, balancing church and secular responsibilities. We’ve all navigated changes within the church and annual conferences with our congregations. Perhaps more so than any time in ministry, this season was overwhelming yet exhilarating, exhausting yet celebratory. And now we enter another season.
I believe that the extended season of Easter invites us to take time to reflect, rejoice, and experience the joy and meaning of those words, “Christ has risen”.
Might I suggest you take time to celebrate all that God has enabled you to do by taking time to engage in self-care and restoration of your soul and spirit during these 50 days of Easter? That will look different for each of us, but here are some practical suggestions:
I’m sure there are others, but whatever good self-care and renewal time for you might look like, I pray you do this for you. I am reminded of these words, from The Message 2 Cor. 4:16-18
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever”.
These days of change and challenge are simply preparing us for the hope and the harvest that lies ahead. May you be rested and ready!
In grace and peace,
Bev Roscoe, Associate Member
Serving the South Fayette Cooperative Parish
Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference