Darin’s Doodles


Darin’s Doodles

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  It seems as if the climatological seasons are often changing, sometimes on day by day basis, or possibly even in one day.  In one 24 hour period the temperature has changed 40 degrees, which is drastic.  According to the meteorological calendar there are only four seasons, however in many circumstances we can have all four in a day! There are other seasons that we experience; seasons of education and learning, seasons of working and also retirement, and then there are the seasons of life.  We are all born, grow, and mature and we are thankful for God giving us all of those things.  Then there is the seasons of growing older and health declines and then by God’s call we leave this earthly life.  Together with Philippa and her family we have experienced the last part of the season of life recently with the passing of her dad.  It can be sad when a friend or a loved-one leaves after visiting and living close for a long time, but it’s even more emotional and difficult when they leave through death.  As challenging as it is to say that death is a part of life, it is the truth, but doesn’t mean it’s any easier.  We look at the last days of Jesus Christ and his death; it was extremely trying for his Disciples and followers to watch him being nailed to a cross and die an astonishingly horrible death.  In the situation and story of Jesus, this was part of God’s plan, which for many Christians it still is a struggle to grasp and understand why.  It is never, ever easy to say a final earthly goodbye to someone’s life, however knowing that there spirit and what really made them who they were continues to live in others and that they are living now an eternal life does give consolation.  On behalf of Larry Ahlman’s family, I would like to thank the entire congregation, the community, friends, and my family for your wonderful and amazing care and support over the past few months and especially the past couple weeks; we can never thank you enough.  We know now more than ever how blessed we are with all of your and with the love and compassion of God and his Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Have a blessed Easter.       In spirit, Rev. Darin