Pastor Elaine Hower

Dear  Friends,

 In this Easter season we are strongly reminded of the loving grace of God in the gift of new life, resurrection life. Grace, arising from God's limitless love, is the central theme of God's message to us throughout Scripture. It is available freely from God to us and totally given, whether we deserve it or not. "It is by grace that you are saved, through faith, not by anything of your own, but by a pure gift from God, and not by anything you have achieved. Nobody can claim the credit. You are God's work of art.” (Ephesians 2:8) "By grace you notice, nothing to do with good deeds, or grace would not be grace at all." (Romans 11:6) Recently I have been reading excerpts from the writings of Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who is a popular speaker and writer. He has much to say about the love and grace of God that has found a place in my heart. "....People who have not experienced the radical character of grace will always misinterpret the meanings an major direction of the Bible...Grace cannot be held to patterns of buying, losing, earning, achieving or manipulating, which is where most of us live our lives. Grace is for the taking. It is God eternally giving away God - for nothing - except the giving itself out of love alone." (Richard Rohr, Essential Teachings on Love)Dear Friends,                                                            

Still in one peace,

Pastor Elaine Hower

 

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