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New Life

Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, April 19, 2019

     This time of year, I reminisce about my childhood, getting the soil ready for my mother to plant flowers. I would have to pull up the weeds, turn the soil and add a little fertilizer for the new plants. It was always flowers that I had to plant and never vegetables, which I would have preferred to care for. I could then have watched them grow with the pleasure of knowing, that one day, I would be able to consume them.

     Planting a flower or vegetable garden is very gratifying when your plants produce beautiful foliage and healthy vegetables. It is a life lesson in sowing and reaping. When we plant seeds, our expectation is to see the flowers or vegetables grow and blossom and it's always disappointing when we don't reap what we sow.

     Somethings carry over from our childhood into adult life that felt like chores in our youth but as an adult they bring joy. Each year I make my trip to the flower and garden section of the local Home Goods Store for flowers and vegetables to plant.  

     This time of year, also reminds me of change. The days are getting longer, the birds are looking for mates to build a new nest and preferably in the same place as the previous year. The ducks and geese are pairing up with mates, walking across the road as if they are larger than your vehicle.

     New life is emerging all around us and there is excitement and anticipation in the air. More than anything, I’m excited that Easter is around the corner and we get to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. It is the event that changed the world and man’s hope filled destiny.

     Luke 11:25 NLT Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”

     Please join us this Resurrection Sunday at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium at 10 a.m. to be encouraged. The chapel is a place for needs to be met, faith to be affirmed and people to love.  We would love to meet you. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at

If we don’t see you this Sunday, please have a Wonderful Easter Celebration!