Monday in the Third Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 24:1-3, 26-35

Prayer Pointers:

For wisdom in the ways of God

For farmers and others who work in the fields

For the earth

For the Church both in times of stress and in times of triumph

So, in this time of waiting, we have watched winter fade and spring arrive. I have learned to enjoy the North Carolina spring, for it can disappear as fast as it arrives! Summer is always crouching at the door.

In his final days of teaching the disciples before the crucifixion, Jesus uses the seasons to talk of God the Father’s work. God is seasonal; there is a time of growth, a time of fallowness, a time of harvest, a time of promise. Sometimes God is actively tilling; sometimes God is waiting to see what will emerge from the soil. Sometimes God is protecting tender shoots; sometimes God is pruning wild growth.

Do not mistake our Lord’s seasonal work—especially when he seems “far away”—for faithlessness. God is faithful, always! But there are seasons in the Kingdom of Heaven, for, as one writer put it, “rain, snow, sunshine; heat and cold; bitter winds and gentle breezes; clouds and abundant sunshine; the Christian needs all of these to produce abundant fruit.”

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.