Grace Notes in the Desert

Grace Notes in the Desert is written for the saints of Rio Grande Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community.

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Grace Notes acknowledges we need God's grace and forgivness as much as the desert water.



“And Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Touch my hands and side. Don’t doubt anymore; believe.' ” --John 20:27

I use to think it was kind of corny to compare Easter to Spring. Maybe it’s because I’m around ½-century old; or maybe I’m getting accustomed to clichés; whatever the reason, I now think, “Well that makes sense: Easter/Spring--life from the dead--flowers blossoming from dead branches.”

Actually, everything is kind of miraculous when you think about it:  an‘ordinary' ball of fire, suspended in the sky, that never goes out; utterly, actually, completely dead things coming back to life; birds that sing in winter?

What's astonishing is how anyone could suppose in all this beauty and all these wonders such things happen, randomly, spontaneously, without a Superior Intelligence behind them?  No wonder the Psalmist wrote, thousands of years ago (because he was ‘primitive‘ or because he noticed stars?):

“Only the fool says...’There is no God.”

May the God who made the stars and sun and seasons and us help us to rejoice in Easter: God’s definitive, flowering, fullness that walked out of a tomb one day as easily as flowers bloom in Spring, as if to say,

“See? It’s all about life, even in the deadest, darkest winter. See my hands and side?...

...And, all because I love…you.”

To God be the Glory in Jesus Christ.

Easter Blessings,
A Pastor in the Desert