I’ve been traveling this week, but am excited to be back at The Branch this weekend! We’ll be journeying through the story of Pilate’s encounter with Jesus in John 18-19.
In the course of my travels yesterday, I lost my wallet – driver’s license and all forms of everything. It fell out of my golf bag on my “missionary journey” yesterday. There were several folks, friends, and even strangers who pitched in to retrace my steps on the course. This morning, I received a call from the golf course saying they found remnants of it in a bush alongside one of the golf holes. Birds, deer, and other critters have no use for credit cards, I guess. They prefer cash and my driver’s license.
It was so humbling to see people, some friends, and others I didn’t know at all care enough to help me hunt for my wallet into the evening last night. This morning, as I’m reflecting on the events of yesterday, I’m mindful of how preoccupying it can be when we hunt for something we value.
Jesus told a parable in Luke 15 about a woman who lost something of value and turned the house upside down looking for it. The point of His parable, of course, concerned the heart of God which hunts for those who are spiritually wandering.
With a fresh awareness of what it means to be preoccupied with something I’ve lost, I’m renewed in conviction about being preoccupied with the things Jesus is. Who are you preoccupied with about inviting to Easter at The Branch? It’s only a few weekends away, and options abound for Easter services from Thursday-Sunday of that week.
The search continues . . . and we do it together!
Grace and Peace,
See You Shortly!