Easter...The Birth of New Life and New Hope

Frederick Buechner’s words to a church on the 200th anniversary of it’s beginning.  And our words to you this Easter week…

“When somebody takes your hand in the dark, you’re not afraid of the dark anymore.  The power of dark is a great power, but the power of light is greater still.  It is the Shepherd of Light himself who reaches out a hand, who is Thou to us.  Death and dark are not the end.  Life and light are the end.  It is what the cross means of course.  The cross means that out of death came, of all things, birth.  Happy Birthday indeed! The birth we are here to celebrate is…the birth of new life including our own new life-hope coming out of hopelessness, joy coming out of sorrow, comfort and strength coming out of fear.  Thanks be to all that the cross means and is, we need never be afraid again.”                      Frederick Buechner