As we enter the Easter season, I think it is important to remember the joy and love of God. And as this past year has and continues to be full of division and strife, war and rumors of wars, I think it is best if we Christians remember to have hope and joy in the Lord. Instead of fear and despair, let the Resurrection be full of Life and joy and laughter for you, remembering what Paul said to the Romans — Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21) In that spir it, I offer the following short tale from the website Will and Guy’s Humor:

Squirrels had overrun three churches in Fareham Town, Hampshire, UK. This amusing story was told to us by an old friend from the South coast of England:

The vicars had tried everything in their power to remove the squirrels. After a great deal of prayer, the churchwardens of the first church determined that the animals were predestined to be there. Who were they to interfere with God's will? However, the squirrels continued to multiply.

The second church's wardens also decided that they could not harm any of God's creatures; so they purchased some humane traps, caught the miscreants and set the squirrels free outside of town in the New Forest. Several days later, the squirrels returned much to the Parish Council's horror.

It was only the third church, Holy Trinity, which succeeded in keeping the intruders away. The vicar baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! Rejoice in the Lord!

Pastor Tim

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