Prayer Devotion April, 30, 2014

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  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 embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to be silent and time to speak....
What does the worker gain from all his toil?  I have seen the burden Gad has laid on men.  He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That everyone may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his toil- this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 (select verses)
     This past weekend, Ted Carlson, a member of Mt. Carmel shared his faith story.  Ted's journey of coming into relationship with Lord spans 70 years and several states.  Ted's concluding statement has been on my mind since Sunday.  "Satin rushes us,  God guides us".  What a profound truth for Ted to offer. 
     There is much about life that will rush us. Deadlines, expectations, taking on too much, family challenges.  We can rush so much we forget to live. It was important to hear that while these things may not be evil in and of themselves, (they may even be good) that they can be used for evil if they cause us to rush our life away.  
      This week, we invite our congregations to pause for a moment.  Consider what is rushing you. What are you doing that you are not called to do?  What are you doing which is not fruitful?  What are you doing out of pride or stubbornness that really could be done by another?  Consider if there is anything which can come off your plate so that you have some space to live!  
      Even better, consider what you can focus on which is life giving, fun, and full of joy.  Where in your week can you make time to do something creative, to build something, to plant flowers, to walk with a friend?  Where is there is pace to enjoy a meal instead of rushing through one? 
    We are told in Ecclesiastes that the point of life is for us to find satisfaction in our work and enjoyment in the journey.  
    We pray God's blessing on you as you seek satisfaction and joy.  
Pastor Jenny & Pastor Scott 
Please keep in your prayers this week:
Those who are grieving
Those who are undergoing cancer treatment
Teens, and people of all ages, who need emotional and spiritual healing

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