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FIRST UNITED METHODIST
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Hamilton, OH   45011
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April is the month I start to think of homegrown tomatoes, fresh lettuce from the garden, put between two slices of bread, with bacon and a little Mayo. As I am raking out the bed where the plants will be along with rosemary, thyme, chives, and savory, thoughts turn from what is now, to the anticipation of what will be as the temperature warms and the dining moves from the inside to the table on the deck underneath the maple tree. The cooking moves from the stove to the grill. As my back hurts cleaning out the beds I begin to see the promise of the spring to come.

April begins the season of hope. March may hold the start of spring, but April opens up the characteristics of spring. It is in April when the signs of life become apparent as winter becomes a memory. The blooming of the magnolia, the redbud and cherry tree, the sprouting of tulips, hyacinths, and iris. We see the return of the waxwing, the purple martin, some hummingbirds, cormorants, and red wing blackbirds just to name a few.

Spring is the time when we see the promise of new life every year.


And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 6: 6-7 (NIV)


In this time of the blossoming of life on earth it is also a time for us to anticipate the coming fulfillment of God’s promise in John 14:2-3.


My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.


Have a happy and blessed spring,

Pastor Mark