As I write, many of our schools remain closed due to road conditions, and others are on a
“delayed opening.” Several parishioners are still without electricity following the nor’easter of
last week, while some ot
hers are finding themselves dealing with new outages, downed trees and
difficulties from this latest storm. Even with generators, life for many of our friends and
neighbors
and for ourselves
is being more challenging than we would like. And in the
mean
time, we are trying to maintain normal schedules of work and life in general.
Frustrating. Exhausting. Tedious. Expensive. Dangerous. And incredibly beautiful.
This coming Sunday the clocks will change, and we will spring forward one
hour
a sure sign
that spring is coming. This is also the fourth Sunday in
Lent: Refreshment, or Rose Sunday. It is a reminder that Lent does not last
forever
that Easter, along with spring, will be here soon. Soon the snow
will be gone, power will be restored, downed
trees will be removed, and we
will be dealing with the challenges and glories of spring. Soon, very soon.
Many thanks to those who offer help and comfort, shelter and food. Many
thanks to those whose work takes them, literally, out into the face of the
storm.
 
Many thanks to
the children and pets whose delight in the white stuff reminds us of the wonder of creation, even
as we struggle. Many thanks for those who sing songs and dream dreams and remind us to do
the same.
 
The collect for this coming Sund
ay refers to Jesus as the true bread that gives life to the world”
and asks that we may be given this bread, that we may live in him and he in us. In the midst of
our challenges, and difficulties these days, where do we find ‘bread’: where do we find the
nourishment that restores our lives and souls? Chances are, we may not have to look very far.
Thanks be to God.
 
Let us pray:
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true
bread which gives life to the world: Ever
more give us this bread, that he
may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
 
 
Peace and blessing,
Carol+
 
Please Note:
Clocks Change this Sunday
Spring forward one hour!