Thursday, March 31, 2011
April Message from Pastor Bob Loffer
The entire New Testament was written post-Resurrection. The Christian Church came into being post-Resurrection. Our Christian Scripture stories and our experience as a Church are all impacted by the fact that we know the “rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey would say.
Our commemoration of Palm Sunday and the events of Holy Week, while calling us to remember the celebration of Palm Sunday, the anguish of Maundy Thursday, and the despair of Good Friday, are colored by our knowledge of God raising Christ from the dead. We live on the Easter side of the grave. We know that the darkness of betrayal and death lead to the light of new life.
Robert Lewis Stevenson, the Scottish novelist and poet, was fascinated as a young boy, by the village lamplighter. The lamplighter would, each evening toward dusk, carry his ladder and torch through the village. He would stop at each lamp-pole, climb this ladder and light the lamps setting them ablaze for the night.
One evening in Edinburgh, Scotland, as young Robert stood watching the lamplighter with childish fascination, his parents heard him exclaim, “Look! Look! There’s a man out there punching holes in the darkness!”
The ministry and mission of each of us and of the church is to “punch holes in the darkness.” The darkness of prejudice, hatred, racism, sexism, and failing to forgive others as well as ourselves for past failures are but a few places in which we can shed light. May God guide our personal and corporate mission and ministry as we do all we can to punch some holes in the darkness of our world.
Peace and Good Cheer,