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Newsletter - Chips Off The Rock - March 2020

March glides on into our future as the month of transition.  Something about lions and lambs…  The movement shifts from winter into spring—the days of warm sunshine and daffodils.  Some years it arrives with a promise of comfort.  Other years the snows of winter hang on for weeks.  And yet we still dream of March in the forgotten days of February.  The old preacher writes in Ecclesiastes:

There is time for everything,
And a season for every activity under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die…
A time for ……

And he continues with reflections on the many seasons of our lives.  And then muses:

God has made everything beautiful in its time.
God has also set eternity in the heart of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to end.

We stumble along, failing to appreciate the wonder of God and the creation.  Jesus reflected on the meaning of time and our visions of what could or might happen:

Don’t be anxious about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.  –Matthew 6:34

God so loved the world that He gave his only son.
Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  –John 3:16

If I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you with me that you may be where I am.  –John 14:3

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  –John 1:1,14

Our faith carries us out of the past and into the future, both timeless.  God in Christ invites us into this fellowship with our creator that is beyond time.  We live in intimate proximity to God’s intentions for all people in all times and all places.  Time collapses into God’s promise of eternal relationship with the one who made all we are and know.  March, bring it on!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Tim

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