Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Each year about this time, I look for signs of resurrection, signs to remind me that Christ is alive in and through us. It is easy to see resurrection around us as creation comes to life again. The brilliant yellows of daffodils and forsythia tell us. We can see it in the greening of the grass, the blue sky on sunny days like today. We see it in the red breasts of robins and the deep purple of pansies in a pot. We have to use a few more of our senses to see resurrection among us people, but they are there. The ability to speak being restored as a parish member recovers from a stroke, finding out my nephew and his wife are expecting a baby about the same time my dear friend tells me her father has died. How is resurrection working in your life? Is there something in you that is dying or is dead? Believe that the risen Christ can heal you and those you love, can take what is dead in you and bring it to new life, will greet those you love who have died with the brilliant promise of new life in Him. Jesus didn't just rise one time, on that Easter morning centuries ago. He rises each day to love us, to give us hope, to make of us a new creation. Alleluia!
As I mentioned, Dick Geissler is improving each day following his stroke. He is still at Lewis Gale Montgomery in Blacksburg and will soon be transferred to the Lewis Gale rehabilitation program in Salem. Let us keep him in our prayers; Diane, Curtis and all their family, too.
Our parish walking team is stretching and getting their walking shoes ready to walk across Virginia beginning this Sunday. The team includes Beth Smith, Marty Holliday, Peter Vandenberg, Billy Motley, Virginia Neukirch and me. We are participating in a program from the Virginia Cooperative Extension called Fit-ex and will be pooling our miles each day for 8 weeks, with the goal of covering the 480 mile width of our state. We also pledge to eat at least five fruits and vegetables each day, with the intention of improving our health over the 8 week period. When you see one of our walkers, encourage them to keep on walking. Offer them a carrot. All encouragement is welcome!
Thank you to everyone who made our holy week and Easter services beautiful: the altar guilds of St. Mark and Zion; Vickie and the Zion choir; our lectors; all who cleaned and decorated sanctuaries and fellowship halls and hid Easter eggs; those who brought delicious food; Rhonda Womble for preparing our bulletins, and all who attended the services.
I will be going to my mother's house on Sunday following worship and will return on Friday. You may email me while I'm gone or call Billy with a message and he'll get it to me: he can be reached at 745-5671 firstname.lastname@example.org.