In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
1 There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
2 a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
3 a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
4 a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
5 a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
6 a time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
7 a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
8 a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from all their hard work? 10 I have observed the task that God has given human beings. 11 God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling them to discover what God has done from beginning to end.
George Bailey contrasted his father’s life and “wealth” with Mr. Potter’s, saying, “Well, in my book he died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!” * Potter attained his wealth solely at the expense of others. George’s father (and George) lived lives full of ups and downs, helping and serving others. When we view life in the light of eternity, George was right. Thousands of years ago, Ecclesiastes said God has “placed eternity” in human hearts, that God means for us to live in the light of eternity.
Lord God, thank you for promising to be with me through all of life’s ups and downs. Teach me to live in the light of your eternal goodness. Amen.
I’m going to be 100% honest with you and tell you I used to hate today’s GPS Scripture passage. I would always get it stuck in my head because a band used this passage to create a very catchy song! The lyrics would “turn” around in my head (pun intended). I hated that everything “bad” in this passage was happening in my life and none of the “good.” At my lowest, I couldn’t see or feel God’s redemptive power of new life, building up, laughter, or dancing. Most days, I felt numb, and when I did feel, the grief was overwhelming.
Eternity was on my mind, but not in the way that the writer of Ecclesiastes intended. Thankfully, there were those in the church who could see I was in a season of significant loss and mourning. Even though I tried my best to hide and ignore it, they could tell something was wrong. When I had lost hope, they saw God at work. They extended hope to me until I could see and feel it myself.
Looking back, I can see how God took my grief and pain and turned it into something good. I couldn’t see it then, but God was working through my friends and family, through their prayers and gift of presence, to remind me of God’s peace and love. God is in the business of turning darkness into light, healing the sick, and restoring the brokenhearted. Mark 12 says we are called to love God with will all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Are you going through a season of hardship, or do you know someone who is? What would it be like to live in the light of eternity by living out the call to love God and neighbor? I pray that you won’t hesitate to be an angel, a messenger of God’s love and good news, to someone who might need a bit of hope this season.