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The following excerpt is from the May 2019 newsletter.

 

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FROM THE PASTOR . . .

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

This Easter Season we rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, from the dead! As the weather begins to warm, and the grass starts to take color, and the buds on the trees swell, we begin to plan for life in a new season. We clean out our closets and deliver our treasures to the Women’s Guild Flea Market. (The ladies are busy working even as I write.) We make plans for gardens and vacations and work to be done before we go on vacation and the list goes on. We take pride in our planning. We place a lot of stock in our planning, so much so that we are given to think that our future and hope rest on our planning ability. Sometimes things go according to plan and oftentimes things don’t. A prominent boxer once said, “Everyone has a plan, and then they get punched in the face.” Indeed, life can throw punches that upset our plans.

 

Early in the morning, on the first day of the week, women set out to visit the tomb where Jesus had been laid. Their plan was to lovingly apply some finishing touches on the dead body of Jesus. When they arrived at the tomb, they were hit. It’s quite certain they were gut-wrenched. The body of Jesus was not there. They were perplexed and alarmed. Their plans were upset. The Lord had other plans. Looking back, it’s quite certain that the women saw that their hope and comfort came not from their planning but from their Lord’s.

 

It’s good to plan, but it’s also necessary to remember that our ultimate hope is in our Lord’s plans for us. When life throws an ugly punch that steals our strength, we fall into the arms of our Lord and Savior, our Rock, our Strength, our Deliverer. When the women saw Jesus, they dropped their spices and ran and spread the Good News.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.” (Jeremiah 29:11–12) Our Lord’s plan for us was born of the Virgin Mary, He suffered died, and was raised from the dead for our future and our hope. Our Lord delivers us from the blows that life deals. We may get knocked down, but in Him we cannot be defeated. When our plans seem to crumble, remember the Lord has a plan for you and in Him you have a future and a hope. “It is finished.” The victory has been won.

 

Plot your gardens; plan your vacation; make a list of work to be done (including church clean-up on Saturday, May 4th) and rest in the assurance that your hope and your future are planned for you by the Lord. When you become discouraged, do not lose hope, or do not pride yourself into thinking that all depends upon you. Call upon Him. Pray to Him. He has promised to hear you. He has already delivered you through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. He is risen! Alleluia!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Rasmussen

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