Dear SUMC members and friends,
“Tough times never last but tough people do” was a catch phrase of the late Rev. Bob Schuller. When he was growing up on a farm, the family had a tough time one year. There was nothing left to eat. The family was debating whether they would have to eat the corn that they had saved for planting. They endured the tough times and planted the corn in the spring in the hope that they would harvest in the fall. Their hope and faith finally paid off. They survived the tough times and enjoyed the fruit of their hope, faith, and hard work.
We have weathered the storms of the COVID-19. We cannot thank people enough who helped us to survive these tough times. Front line workers, political leaders, research scientists, care givers, farmers, grocery store workers, truck drivers, restaurateurs, gas station workers, teachers are some of the people who have helped us to keep going. Finally, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will come out as more experienced, wiser, and stronger people.
After a relatively mild winter, the spring did not skip its turn. Robins are back and tom turkeys are strutting to keep life’s cycle going. After the winter comes the spring.
Jesus had a fruitful life, teaching, healing, serving God and loving people. And he fell into the earth and died. And he pushed through the grave of death and rose again as a new life in the form of Christians and Christian churches around the world.
Jesus’s saving acts are going on and we are his body, spreading God’s love to people of all nations. Our hope is in the kingdom of God where we worship God only and love one another as brothers and sisters in God.
The UM hymn “He Lives” (#310) has a line, “You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart!”
Christ is risen and Christ is risen indeed!
Happy Easter to you all!
Pastor Jerry Cho