Three times in our passage from this week, Jesus tells us not to be anxious. “But why?” I imagine Jesus knew we would ask that, so He gave us the answer… three times.
Simple, I know, but as we’ve progressed through what’s been one of the most arduous, stressful years many of us have gone through, it’s been one of the best reminders for me about where my hope truly lies.
There’s something captivating about a good story. And while good writing helps, and a good story arc is important, it’s the characters in those stories that can truly make it compelling. Better yet, when we see the depth of who they are, we are drawn into the story being told.
God has big plans for His church, this community and beyond, and I’m here to invite you in to be a part of it with me and the rest of the staff as we follow Him into the beautiful and inspiring Kingdom work He has for each and every one of us—regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or where you’re headed.
Being so impacted by the Holy Spirit through music, Josh loves working with teams who have a heart for worship ministry and is so excited to be part of the Harvest family.
Church family, I wish you could see what I get to see each week. When some of you come to the service on Sundays, I would guess that you have no idea how well that space is used for the rest of the week.
Volunteers ran carnival games inside the gym, where kids were able to throw darts at balloons, fish for prizes, and throw glow-in-the-dark rings at pirate hooks. Families enjoyed cotton candy (thank you volunteers for premaking it!) and popcorn. On their way out, each child was given a mini-pumpkin decorating kit and information about Harvest.
A few Fridays ago, we had a blast at our Harvest Family Fun Night! It was so memorable to see young kids in our community having fun with their parents and siblings! We had balloons flying, popcorn popping, exciting music, and fun competitions!
As a church family we are heading down this road, we are committed to keeping on the road. We are committed to listening to the Lord and continue to listen to Him and follow His directions. There may be times that a fog comes and settles in and we begin to wonder where things are, but we must not give up fighting for and pressing into clarity.
Each of one us is unique. The way we rest is unique too. There is not a perfect format, rule list, or way to practice the rhythm of rest. If you are trying too hard to rest "the right way," then it's probably not restoring your soul, mind, and body in the way it's meant to. Sabbath is not about resting perfectly but resting in the One who is perfect.