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Rector's Message

Rev. Beth FrankThe Rev. Beth Frank is a recent graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  She was ordained a (transitional) deacon in June, 2013, and was ordained to the sacred order of priests on December 6, 2013 - St. Nicholas Day.  She has been appointed by the bishop to serve New Life as Priest-in-Charge.

Many of us have recently seen this picture on Facebook:giving up winter for lent meme

A few weeks ago I shared some of Parker Palmer's insights on Winter from his book Let Your Life Speak. In his writing about the seasons, Palmer warns us that a hard truth must be encountered before gush about the grandeur of spring:

... before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created. (p. 103)

I wonder what conditions for rebirth lie under the snow banks and ice packs of our lives? How might we help each other and our neighbors wade through the seasons of slush and mud pies? How do we kindle in ourselves and others hope for the first buds of spring and then the emergence of a spectacular Monet painting right outside our windows?

Lenten blessings,
Beth