Archive for September 2011

Starting Over

September 6, 2011

On Sunday we talked about how we can have plans for our lives, but find ourselves again and again in the position of having to start over. That’s certainly true for many people in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, but it applies to many areas of our lives, sometimes daily.

After Sunday’s sermon, I received an email from one of our members that I thought was quite insightful. I’d like to pass on a quote from that email (with the author’s permission): (more…)

What Is Your Life?

September 2, 2011

I don’t know about you, but today’s James reading (for those who read the daily lectionary) really hit home in light of the havoc Hurricane Irene created for many in our region and along the Eastern seaboard, including some sister churches. It also speaks to situations many of us are facing in our personal lives.

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that'” (James 4:13-15).

Life, by nature (and boy did we experience nature this week), is temporary and unpredictable. It often doesn’t follow our game plan. It’s tempting to blame God when things don’t go our way — when fulfilling our plans was never a part of the bargain (i.e. covenant). (more…)