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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa

April 18, 2019
Northern-Sun Print
Word has just reached the news waves that the famous Notre Dame Cathedral is burning. No doubt the damage will be extensive and our thoughts go beyond words. In the days to come we will learn more about the cause and the amount of damage and in the holiest of weeks in our year, our brothers and sisters of faith are experiencing a pain like perhaps they have never felt. Jesus’ followers felt great pain as they walked with Jesus through his week from Hosanna to Crucify Him - to - HE IS RISEN! I sometimes wonder where each of us would have been standing while the arrest, trial and crucifixion. That is a question that each Christian should take time to ask themselves this week. After asking the question we then need to step back and ask how do we change where we stood and how do we move forward as people of faith in a hurting world? If Jesus taught us by example, how do we teach or show by example that same love? Reaching out to others? Helping others as they struggle through rough times in their lives. Offering prayers for those who stand in need of prayer. For healing, for daily strength, for those who are hungry, weak, in prisoned, those who have lost all that they have because of natural disasters. There are so many ways we can reach out to make a difference. No, none of us can take the place of Christ, yet we can respond to people in a Christ - like manner. THAT is a portion of what it is to be Easter people, to follow the example of the One that was led to Calvary, who didn’t hesitate to quietly take his stand and as the spiritual sings, “Never said a mumblin’ word.” This spring I encourage you to think about what it means to experience “new life” in Christ as you continue or perhaps begin your faith journey with the Risen Savior. Members and friends of Notre Dame will experience new life as their beloved iconic building is reborn and yet on Easter, they too will gather to sing hallelujah to a Risen Savior. Not in the beauty of a building, but in the beauty that comes from knowing Christ Crucified, Christ Risen. Easter Blessings as you gather in a house of worship giving thanks and looking for ways to serve the one true Christ. Yesterday, Today and Forever.


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