The irises in my flower beds started growing this week. In just a few days, the shoots have extended almost a foot out of the ground. Has spring really sprung or will another cold snap steal away the joy that is emerging at my front step? It’s a question that resonates deeply with the life of faith. Just as the irises tentatively push through the soil, we too may feel hesitant in our own faith journeys, uncertain of whether the promise of new life will truly be fulfilled.

Yet, the story of spring speaks to us of hope and resurrection. As the earth awakens from its winter slumber, we are reminded of the transformative power of God’s love. The barrenness of winter gives way to the beauty of spring, mirroring the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as the irises burst forth from the ground, so too did Jesus emerge from the tomb, victorious over death.

But embracing the joy of resurrection also means taking risks. It means putting ourselves out there, vulnerable to the uncertainties of life. Just as these irises brave the possibility of another cold snap, we too are called to step out in faith, trusting in God’s vision for our lives.

So, let’s not shrink back in fear, but instead, let us embrace the promise of new life with courage and boldness. Like the irises in my garden, may we bloom where we are planted, sharing the message of resurrection hope with all those around us.

May God’s peace find you today. – Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of springtime, as the irises bloom, may we embrace the joy of resurrection, stepping out in faith and courageously sharing Your love. Amen.