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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Happy Groundhog day!
You may have seen the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. Bill plays a grumpy, self-centered TV weatherman who has to cover this silly event every year in Punxsutawney. He reluctantly does the story on the "star" groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, and is mean to anyone and everyone in his path. When a snowstorm keeps the news crew in town overnight, Bill finds himself reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. After weeks of waking up February 2nd to the day and town he HATES, he decides to use the time to help make the town and himself better. We watch as he is transformed from this selfish, mean man into a kind, caring person who tries to use the "do-over" day to help the people of this little town. He eventually becomes a "changed man", really loving others, not just for his own selfish gain, but because he genuinely cares for them. And at the end, you guessed it, he gets the girl, and wakes up to find it February 3rd.
This movie reminds me of how the grace of God works in two ways. Firstly, each morning provides us with an opportunity for a brand new day. Each and every day, the record of our sins is washed away. We are made clean. Yes the repercussions of those sins remain, but the shame and guilt are gone by the grace of God. Like the character Bill Murray plays in the movie, this can allow us to grow and deepen ourselves into who God has made us to be - a beloved child of God.
Secondly, this movie reminds me of our lives in faith. Each week, we listen to God's word. Each week, we feed on God's Holy Supper. Each week, we pray the Lord's Prayer. Each week, we gather as the community of faith to love, and support one another. However despite repeating these same rituals week after week, change does occur. Those spiritual disciplines become engrained and grow deeply into the deepest part of our souls. So near the end our lives, when other things have failed (sight, hearing, cognitive thought, our physical abilities) that which is within the depths of our souls remain. We will remember the Lord's Prayer or words to a favorite hymn. A passage of scripture will make us smile. That is also a reminder of God's grace that forever abides within us.
As we journey into another February with the possibility of a short or long winter, the one thing that we can be assured of is that God's grace continues to abide and grow within us.
With Christ's love,
" For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." - Ephesians 2:8