Pastor’s Note – August 8, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note

Friends,

The Bible describes changes in life as “seasons.”

Ecclesiastes 3 says it well:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”

As I read through these different seasons, I’m struck by how difficult it is to move from one season to another. Sometimes these life-season changes come gradually; sometimes these life-season changes come suddenly. Either way, it’s hard to move from one season to another.

This Sunday, we’re going to wrap up our series Navigating Change with a promise God has given to all of us. Paul writes in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.“

There is a promise of peace for you. The biblical idea of peace (or shalom) is not just the absence of conflict and turmoil but rather flourishing. God’s peace is a gift we receive as we put our trust in him. If you know someone who’s in need of God’s peace, bring them with you on Sunday as we explore this promise of peace that passes understanding.

I can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Spencer