Every now and then, I run into people who say, "I love winter!" More often than not, most people say, "I'm ready for the arrival of spring!" Bottom line - it's hard to appreciate winter. The days are short. The nights are long. The cold this year always feels colder than last year. Whenever I complain about the weather, my friends from the farm remind me that winter is a gift. After a hectic spring and summer, it's time for the land to rest. After a bountiful fall, it's time for the ground to recover. Activity is replaced by calm. Busyness is replaced by stillness. Anxiety is replaced by peace.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
Following this verse, the author of Ecclesiastes goes on to write words that many of us associate more with The Byrds than The Bible. The next words are, "there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) The point - there is a time for everything in life - even winters in Chicago.
Perhaps your soul is searching for a season of renewal. Perhaps your spirit is longing for a time of rest. If God is tugging at your heart and inviting you to discover peace this season, take some time to respond. Winter may be the right time to (re)discover faith.
LENTEN SERMON SERIES
Mar 16 The Way: The Healing Ministry
Mar 23 The Way: Proclaiming the Kingdom
Mar 30 The Way: Calming the Storm
Apr 06 The Way: Sinners, Outcasts, & The Poor
Apr 13 The Way: The Final Week
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STUDY WITH PASTOR CALEB
On Wednesdays Pastor Caleb is leading a study: "Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation", 6:30 - 7:30 pm in room 8.
All are welcome and babysitting is provided.
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