Here we are in the midst of Holy Week and I find myself reflecting on the changes the Lord has brought in the last year here in Ridgeway, especially in the leadership of our churches. Last year at this time Ridgeway First Baptist's now-retired pastor Jack Williamson was making preparations for his final Easter Sunrise Service at the Aimwell Prayer Garden. Just across town Aimwell Presbyterian's M.D. Connor was preparing for his final Maundy Thursday Communion Service and Easter Service in the Aimwell pulpit ahead of his retirement to Mississippi. This year Aimwell's new pastor Erwin Threatt is preparing to lead these three services for the first time as pastor of Aimwell.
Easter is about a new beginning, the greatest of new beginnings. Though we face many changes in our lives and even in our churches there is no comparison to the change that took place at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the change that takes place in us when we put our faith in Him. Through Christ's death and resurrection we have been made new. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17). Speaking to Martha prior to resurrecting Lazarus, "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”" (John 11:25-26). Well... do you?