Yesterday was the first of May, or May Day. It is a day around the world where people celebrate the change in season, with the coming of more light. There are many different traditions that are associated with this day- some awesome and others that are not for me. But today, I am reminded there is something important that happens when we pause and take note of a new season beginning.
Perhaps you, like me, are quite tired of all the change that we have already experienced. This season of sheltering at home; missing friends and family, health scares and financial implications, is certainly a change, but perhaps not the change we wanted to mark.
As we move into this new season, I hope to not rush, but to enter with attention to what is around us. We don’t fully appreciate the light of the new season without remembering how we lived through the dark. I want to take with me the things that were blessings in this last unexpected season.
In this new beginning, let us not revert to the way we were, but instead live with intention. In the new season where we can see people, let’s really see them. Get to know them. Have deep conversations. Laugh a lot. Spend time. Hug. Kiss. Be brave. Be kind. When we have the opportunity for fellowship and community, let’s not pass that by to sit on our couch and watch TV. Let’s take advantage of the gift of community that it is.
May Day is an opportunity to note the changing light with a celebration. If you know me, I love a good party. This is the time to do it (the second we are able)! Invite the neighbor you don’t really know for a meal, or a beverage of choice, or ice cream- or maybe all three. Get back to church, or find a Christian church, so you can meet some people who will love you and who already love Jesus. You are always welcome at our church! Take the opportunity to make this season of new light, one that is full of hope, love and community. It will be your best May yet!
I am praying for you, and hope you know how much you are loved. God is good.
In His Grip,
Pastor Julia Leeth
Covenant Community Church in Vacaville