20 Aug A Blessed New Season!
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” writes the author of Ecclesiastes, and boy don’t we know that to be true. It seems that change is always in the air with old things fading away and new things coming to fruition. God is a god of changes; not that He changes, but He is always bringing about change and “doing a new thing” among us. In a sense, God has never ceased being a creator; even though He rested on the seventh day, He is always bringing about new things out of the former things.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God declares “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” As hard as change can be sometimes, when God brings forth new things, He is always working them for our good, even if we can’t see it at the time.
We have experienced some changes here at Prince of Peace over the last few months, haven’t we? Some of our dear members have died, some have moved out of state; we have had staff retire and others move on. Yet, we have new individuals and families joining our church family and children are being baptized; we have a new principal and new teachers. There is an excitement among us as God continues to be faithful and lavishes his goodness and steadfast love upon us. Next week begins a new school year and a new season of ministry at our church and school. Our Fall Kickoff is around the corner marking the beginning of a new season of Bible studies and Sunday School classes.
The words of God penned by Habakkuk are just as true and relevant today as they were some 2500 years ago, “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” (Hab. 1:5)
Yes, there are many changes happening around us, but there are some things that I pray will never change: let us always keep Christ, crucified and risen for us, at the center of all that we are and do here at Prince of Peace, and may we continue to grow in a renewing love for one another. Lord, grant us a blessed new season!
= Pastor Darrin Sheek