May is a month of faith and also hope. But what is the difference? If you look up the definitions you will see that hope is the feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Faith is the complete trust or confidence in something or a person. Farmers (and gardeners) plant their seeds with faith that they will reap a harvest. They may hope it does not rain on newly mowed hay but still have faith it will be baled.
But what about our spiritual lives. Do we hope the Lord is with us and will someday take us to be with him or do we have faith that he is always with us and will take us someday to be with him? That is a big difference, isn't it?
All the i's have been dotted and the t's crossed so it is official! Trinity will soon have a new pastor in the pulpit. We all rejoice in this good news. We have met him and his family and look forward to getting to know them even better. We have been praying for God's will in who will be our shepherd and these prayers have been answered. In my very first note for the newsletter, I started out “So now what do we do?” That same question remains even though the subject is different. We still keep on praying for Pastor Jeremy and his family. We still keep praying for Trinity. There will be some changes with a new leader. Some will be small and some may be a little bigger. We must not use that phrase, “That is the way we have always done it..” There is no room for growth with that statement. As an example, can you even imagine a time when the men sat on one side of the church and the women sat on the other? My grandparents did it that way. Then someone decided to make a change and allow families to sit together as families, What a great change! I am sure there will be no such radical changes but we need to be open to some things that may be a little different. We still need to do what we have been doing to help. It would not be fair to think since we have a pastor, he can do that. He will need our help too, especially at first as he adjusts to Trinity. Remember, we are new to him and his family too.