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@MyKitchenTable - April 2, 2021

@MyKitchenTable: Friday, April 2, 2021

Dear Friend:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."


Love one another...



Today, there was a security incident at the capitol where a driver rammed a car into two Capitol police officers. One of the officers has passed away. We are praying for tender mercies for the officer’s family and all affected. As one that often drives through these checkpoints every day we are in session to get into the Capitol to vote, I am extremely sad that one of the officers was killed in an apparent senseless act. A reminder to all Americans to be grateful for all our police who put their life on the line every day to do their best to keep the rest of us safe.

As our Jewish friends and neighbors come together for Passover and folks celebrate Easter this Sunday, the common thread is thankful hearts, the miracle of God, renewed hope, and the reward of faith.

Two wonderful messages I wanted to share for Passover and Easter can be read HERE and HERE.

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Here is the safe Trunk Hop Easter celebration
hosted by Southern Heights Christian Church.
PHOTO CREDIT: WWMT

A few more quick notes for today ahead of the weekend:

  • The jobs report came out for March, and it exceeded expectations. It was the fastest growth since last summer, and the unemployment rate fell to 6%. You can read more HERE.
  • The jobs report was welcome news, but as we continue to battle the virus, cases are on the rise in Michigan. So please, celebrate safely this weekend with hope in our hearts for better days. To celebrate safely, the CDC has issued guidance for folks to review, which you can read HERE. Here is some local advice, too, HERE.
  • And lastly, the CDC posted updated guidance today saying folks who are fully vaccinated can travel domestically and overseas safely. This is yet another reason to get the vaccine as soon as you are able,  as we all long to return to normal and the many things in life we have missed. You can see the updated guidance HERE.

I want to close with sharing a poem that my wife, Amey, just wrote. God bless! 

Resurrection
Like the daffodils
Dripping cold snow
Awaiting
Its opening show.

Cutting back hydrangeas
From last year
Dead branches
In full gear.

Shoots of new growth
Under dried leaves
Give hope;
The yeast to believe.

Threads of life
In color and bud
Is what Easter indicates
Through the stains of blood.

 

All the best,

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Fred Upton


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