Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for May 2017
We walked through the park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It is hard to picture exactly where all the animal exhibits used to be. Now, green carpeted lawns stretch over slightly rolling hills -- ones that we would go sledding on in the winter time. There are concrete pathways winding throughout the park and a bandshell that still holds various performers on Wednesday nights in the summer. There are peaceful lagoons that hold all kinds of wildlife if you take the time to see. It is quite peaceful. It is a natural get-away for city dwellers to collect their thoughts or to have a family picnic. If learning about the natural world in the city is what you would like to do, there is an Urban Ecology Center on site. Camps and classes are available for students throughout the year. This is a place of connection with God's world.
Easter is being celebrated. He is Risen! Alleluia! The man who came to connect us to God in a meaningful way. Jesus the Christ who walked upon the earth to spread the word of love, forgiveness, mercy and compassion to all people. The Son of God. The Messiah. The one who called his companions "brothers and sisters." The one who calls us adopted children of God.
Our various parks and Urban Ecology Centers throughout the city of Milwaukee are our attempts at keeping the natural world close at hand. To remind us of our common heritage. These places are ways of "grounding" (I know this is a lousy pun, but oh, well) us to all of Godís creation. We need this more than we know. We also need Jesus the Christ more than we know too. Our deep connection with all of life stems from God who gives life and gives it abundantly. We must not forget that we are first and foremost God's children. The radicality of the cross and the resurrection of our Lord secured this for us more than ever. We are Godís and God always finds ways of connecting with us in meaningful ways.
Peace on this Easter Season!