Lynn Cairns

Lynn Cairns

As I’m writing this, it is April. It is also raining, so if April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims, of course. I remember well the first time my elementary classmates posed that question to me. I racked my brain to come up with an answer. I suggested bees, butterflies, seeds and perhaps even birds. “No, No, No” was the answer to each of my attempts. When the answer “Pilgrims” was given, they all had a good laugh at my expense. However, here in Pennsylvania April showers can bring more than just flowers: snow flurries, measurable snow, hail and even on occasion thunder and lightning.

As we make our journey along life’s highway, we may wish for a lovely flower strewn path and often our sunny days bring such experiences. However, it often leads to experiences that are certainly not a “bed of roses”. We encounter thunder and lightning and meet persons who just for the “hail” of it make life difficult; their thunderous personalities cause great consternation for us. Such encounters often cause serious disagreements and we may be blown off course, ending up in a conflicted situation where we need assistance in getting back into a more harmonious relationship.

Rev. Lynn Cairns is a retired UMC pastor and MAAC board member.

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