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Lent

In the few minutes I have set aside to think of what I want to share, three people have called to ask to meet with me, my calendar has reminded me where I must be by my design today, and I am already late for another appointment.  Sound familiar to you?  Probably.  For most of us our lives seem to rush forward from one obligation, opportunity, or responsibility to the next.  With them, sunrise gives way to sunset and starts over again.  Life becomes a blur and we satisfy ourselves to take each thing as it comes, often deciding who we will be and what we will do in each moment as we are faced with it. We show up for our next appointment, perform the task we are called upon to perform, and go on.  Sometimes we go on with celebrations.  Sometimes we face the hardest challenges of our lives – family members who lay dying; loved ones facing battles of all kinds; the loneliness of grieving one who has always been there and now is gone in death – you know as little as I what the next moment may bring.  Very little in our lives seems constant.  Does anything last? 

But as I look at my calendar I am reminded that Easter is coming.  True, it means more things to do and places to be.  But it means something much different as well.  Amid a world of constant change and endless demands Easter calls us to remember that some things do remain.  Donald Harvey Tippet brings this into focus for us:

If Easter means anything to modern man, it means that eternal truth is eternal. You may nail it to the tree, wrap it up in grave clothes, and seal it in a tomb. But truth crushed to earth shall rise again. Truth does not perish. It cannot be destroyed. It may be distorted. It has been silenced temporarily. It has been compelled to carry its cross to Calvary's brow or to drink the cup of poisoned hemlock in a Grecian jail, but with an inevitable certainty after every Black Friday dawns truth's Easter morn.

As Easter approaches I invite you to step back from life’s rush for just a moment.  Whatever your days have brought you – whether it is the celebration of new life and the joy of single moments in time or the struggle of Black Friday where, in your pain, you question everything around you.  Remember, eternal truth is exactly that, eternal.  Life may attack it, and us as well, with all the force the events of our days can muster but the eternal truth of Easter cannot be destroyed.  It will rise again.  After every Black Friday dawns truth’s Easter sunrise.

Oh, and speaking of Easter morning, why not join your brothers and sisters in Christ in celebrating Eternal Truth with us at worship on Easter morning.  And invite someone who may not know the Eternal Truth to come with you.  Tell them you will take them to breakfast or buy their lunch.  You will be amazed at how easily they will say, Yes.  And we will all watch darkness give way to the dawning of Resurrection as we gather in different towns and places – some inside, others outside.  But together [even in different locations] we can witness to the world around us the certainty that remains - Because Jesus the Christ - Eternal Truth lives, so will we!  Amid a world of constant change this one Truth remains.  Thanks be to God.

For The Only Cause That Matters,
Kevin McKinney
Sr. Pastor
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Locked Inside A Freezer At Work

When you get really busy with all the responsibilities of your day or week how do you deal with it – or maybe I should ask how does it deal with you?  Are you a To-Do List Ninja multitasking and slashing through tasks like nobody else can?  Do you keep your head down, nose to the grindstone, laser-focused on the tasks before you?  No?  Or maybe that’s just me.  At times it can be almost addictive to check off all those boxes.  If I’m not careful when I’m in that mode people around me can seem to fade into the background and I fail to spend those few moments that mean so much in maintaining relationships.  I don’t mean to, but too often I do.  Simple connections mean a lot.  In fact, that can mean the difference between life and death.  I found a short article on the net recently that illustrates what I’m talking about…..

A lady worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when she finished with her work schedule, she went into the meat cold room (freezer) to inspect something, but in a moment of misfortune, the door closed and she was locked inside with no help in sight. Although she screamed and knocked with all her might, her cries went unheard. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it's impossible to hear what was going on inside. Five hours later, as she was on the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door. She was miraculously saved from dying that day. When she later asked the security guard how he had come to open the door, which wasn't his usual work routine.

His explanation: "I've been working in this factory for 35 years, hundreds of workers come in and out every day, but you're one of the few who greet me in the morning and say goodbye to me every night when leaving after work. Many treat me as if I'm invisible.  Today, as you reported for work, like all other days, you greeted me in your simple manner 'Hello'. But this evening after working hours, I curiously observed that I had not heard your "Bye, see you tomorrow". Hence, I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your 'hi' and 'bye' every day because they remind me that I am someone. By not hearing your farewell today, I knew something had happened. That's why I was searching everywhere for you."

As I said, simple acts of connection can be the difference between life and death.  Everybody needs to be reminded that they are someone!  That they are not invisible; that they matter to someone else! 

As Thanksgiving approaches I am thankful for EVERY “somebody” in my life, including you!  In those moments when I get caught up in to do lists and “stirring pots” I hope you will forgive me.  Hi, I’m Kevin.  I’m a recovering To-Do List Ninja.  And I see you.  Thanks for being somebody in my life.  Do you have any “somebody’s” in your life with whom you need to reconnect today?

For The Only Cause That Matters,
Kevin McKinney
Sr. Pastor

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