Ending Well

All’s well that ends well, the peacock said as he looked at his tail. There is a story told of a peacock’s pride in his appearance. A particular peacock is distraught over the condition of his feet. He cannot believe how ugly they are and grouses about this to any of his feathered friends who care to listen. The condition of his feet do not reflect well on his perfect appearance. He can’t get past it!

All’s well that ends well, the peacock said as he looked at his tail.
This is much like the lives we live, perfection on the surface, but further examination demonstrates ugly sins and imperfections that would lead to our embarrassment and ultimate condemnation. Fear in being found out and healthy fear of God’s wrath against our sin could leave us lost.

April contains a big end for us at Trinity. We are seeing the unfortunate end of Pastor Carr’s ministry at Trinity as he transitions from his position as Senior Administrative Pastor to the role of Emeritus Pastor as his cancer and treatments prevent his engagement in the work of ministry. This end leaves many questions and uncertainties as we face the future of sharing Christ at Trinity.

Another end we will see this April is the end of Lent as we see the life of Christ end in His Good Friday death on the cross. At the time of His death many questions and uncertainties were in the minds of His followers. We know those questions and uncertainties did not remain for long as the death of Christ ended well three days later in his resurrection. This resurrection is our hope that as we remain in Him we would live in Him and would have a blessed end this side of eternal glory.

This month as we consider many ends (the end of cold weather!), I encourage you to take a moment and consider your final wishes and to make preparations for the Church militant’s farewell service for you. As Christians found by Christ, we are blessed to have the confidence of eternal life, yet we continually face the sting of death until Christ’s return. In this month’s newsletter is a brief form for you to share with our church office some of your wishes for your funeral service. If you would like assistance with this, please contact me at anytime and we can schedule a meeting.

He who began this good work in us will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ! (Philippians 1:6)
It is hardly fun to consider the end of life but the words of the peacock ring in my ears as we are certainly ugly not just in our feet but through and through. Yet, the plumage of Christ’s glory shines through us through the grace of His gifts found in the forgiveness of sins. We are confident that He who began this good work in us will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ! (Philippians 1:6)

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