Peace to you in this strange time. Was anyone else feeling the joy of the resurrection and hoping you’d wake up the next day with this all just have been a bad dream? Yet, this seems to be our reality. In some ways, I have noticed some pretty good blessings: increased family time, reading, working on house projects, cooking more, to name a few. I also realize that these “blessings” are the result of some pretty significant privileges. The salaries in my household have continued and much of our work can be done remotely. We have the internet. We can afford to buy groceries and to keep the heat on – even if we are always running low on toilet paper!
Last Sunday was Easter. We entered into a time in the church calendar known as Eastertide. We stay in Easter for 50 days until Pentecost. Can we continue to experience resurrection in this strange time? Can our lives be uplifted out of the normal? I think so.
I’ve become pretty good friends with Chip & Laura Hutler, the directors of Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center down here in Indianola. Their ministry revolves around creating an atmosphere similar to what we are experiencing. One of the ways they see God’s work is when folks get out of the normal routines of life. They shake things up for people.
On the other hand, a man referred to only as Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, said something else about the presence of God. He served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris in the 17th century. He suggested that the presence of God is found in the most mundane aspects of life: In the washing of dishes, the cooking, the staring out the window. Has anyone been doing any of those things lately? So. Many. Dishes. Am I right?
So whether this time feels like you’re out of your routine or it all feels so mundane, know that God is present. God is not just at the church building. That has become clear to us all. Peace to you, friends.
Pastor Trevor Vaughn
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Ave.
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
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- Just Read Bible Study is going virtual next week! Tuesdays at 4:30 pm.
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- Are you funny? Know any good jokes? This upcoming Sunday is Holy Humor Sunday. Text Pastor Trevor a short video of you telling a joke to 515-333-8489. We’ll select a few to play live on Sunday.