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“Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.” Acts 2:43

Easter is over. The last of the ham and other treasured holiday foods have been eaten or tossed. The lilies have started to brown at the edges, signaling the close of their finest hour. Plastic Easter eggs return now to the closet for another year, the jellybeans shaped like the stone over Jesus’ tomb, now rolled away or gobbled up by eager children.

Easter is over, or so it seems. What comes next involves passing the baton from Jesus’ finished hands to our waiting ones. Now that we’ve sung “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” yet one more time, we notice God’s fingerprints all over the place.

One of our church members, Fran Lalley told me recently about God’s fingerprints through her work as a Hospice volunteer. Meeting a new client who seemed unresponsive, she prayed for a way to connect with her and share God’s love at this important transition time. We prayed for God to reveal a way, and for both Fran and her client in our Wednesday morning Bible study.

When I later saw Fran in church, she eagerly told me how God had opened a door. As she was learning more about her new client from the husband, she learned that the client had worked for an airline in the early days of commercial travel out of Boston. She remembered that she too was stationed out of that same city, for the same airline at the same time. Both women had to quit when they married, the policy of the airlines.

When the unresponsive woman in Hospice Care heard of this common connection, she sat up animatedly in bed, and carried on a clear and lucid conversation with Fran for more than 45 minutes, the longest she had been able to communicate for some time.

In what could only be described as a God moment, both women shared intimately stories from one of the richest seasons of their lives. Through the witness of a Hospice volunteer, one woman found her way out of isolation and depression, to joy and gratitude for the precious gifts of life.

If God can work through a Hospice volunteer to share the resurrection promises of life, imagine what God can do though you! Easter Day may be over, but now the work of Easter begins.

“Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.” Acts 2:43

Prayer: Lord of Life, we know that every morning is Easter morning from now on. Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear your work among us. And just for today, show us the way to embody our Easter faith as Good News people. Amen

God’s Grace, Mercy and Peace,

Pastor Verlee

COMING SOON

The Annual Meeting of the York Association will be held Sunday, April 24 at the Alfred Parish Church. Registration begins at 2:30 and the meeting at 3 p.m. Your church delegates include Faye Gourlie, Ellis Copeland and Pastor Verlee. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the work of the wider church. Our Conference Minister Rev. Deborah Blood will lead the opening worship. Please let Pastor Verlee know if you would like to attend so that we may register you in advance.