They who sow in tears shall reap in joy.
~Psalm 126:5, AV
Life is a mixture of sowing and reaping, celebration and weeping.
The Jews were forced into exile by the Babylonians. The Jews did not like their new home. They hung their harps on the willows and refused to sing or dance. A Jew who will not sing or dance is a sad Jew. Seventy years later, God kept His promise and allowed those who so desired to return to Israel. This new found freedom and restoration calls for songs of loudest praise. The sorrow of the Jews had been turned to rejoicing. They left in tears but returned with rejoicing. God gave them a new song.
Life is a strange mixture of both good and ill times. We have our ups and downs. One of the strange things about being a pastor is while one family celebrates with a graduation or marriage, another sorrows with a sickness or death. My advice is to celebrate as often as possible but always remember your friends who are weeping. Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
- This is my third trip to Branson and today we discovered a whole new part that we didn’t know existed. After studying the map, we decided to drive down to the landing where I assumed there would be a boat ride and a train ride. Wow, was I in for the shock of my life. There are two gigantic Hiltons on the river and the old down town Branson with shops galore and the only bargins in town. All this time and we were shopping in the wrong place. We could get over the empty malls but today we found out why: everyone is at the Landing.
- Change in plans for Sunday: I will be preaching. Joe David will preach on the 25th.
- TRUNK-A-TREAT will be on Sunday night October 3o from 5:00-6:30. We will be collecting candy in the foyer from now until then. Holly Reeves is our Team Leader.