Happy Easter!

Dear St. Stephen’s Family and Friends,

Listening to the Passion According to Matthew this morning read so beautifully by our team, I wondered what part of this story touches you the most? For years now my favorite part has been Jesus’ time in the garden and his dialogue with God and with himself about pitting his will in a challenging conversation with God’s will. Jesus clearly knows what God’s will is, but wonders if there isn’t another way that might not involve his death. And finally he simply says, paraphrased, “not mine, but Thine” and events unfold that lead to his crucifixion.

Jesus encourages us to follow the will of God. It’s not the easiest presence to grasp. Perhaps God speaks directly to you? Perhaps God speaks to you through others? Perhaps God’s voice is quiet at times in your life. More often, like Jesus, we pray, listen, and then act in accordance with what we think God has in mind and in heart for us driven always by God’s love for you and me. I don’t know how I’d do in the garden. So far God hasn’t asked. I’m grateful. Happy Easter!

Love and Blessings,

Alvin

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