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BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
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   May

-Pastor Fred Webster

    May is an interesting month. It’s a month of new and old, of beginnings and ends.

• We celebrate Mother’s Day – for new mothers it’s that first time they qualify and begin a lifetime journey. And we celebrate the mother figures in our lives that mentor us and guide us. But for some folks it’s also a day of remembering a mother who is no longer with them and the ache is always there, whether it’s the first mother’s day without her or the fiftieth.

• It’s the last days of school for kids and teachers, and for some it culminates with graduations. So they really are in their last days of proms, and cheer, and being with the friends they have had since elementary school. But there is a new journey ahead of them, filled with anticipation and excitement. Where will I go to college? What kind of job will I get? Do I move nearby, or far away?

   May is also the season after Easter, which is a Christian season dedicated to remembering all that Christ did and said between his Resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (which is June 9 this year). For instance, it’s during this time that Jesus told the disciples “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

   And later, Luke tells us that Jesus walked to Emmaus with two of the disciples and taught them “Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” (Luke 24:27)

   So you see, May isn’t just a slide month right before summer begins, it has a lot going on. Especially for those who proclaim the risen Jesus. Let’s take each day this month and reflect on how that Good News affects our work, our relationships, our school, and our free time. Enjoy your May!
 
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