Last week was rough, but this week is good. Water outages, power outages, sickness and constant pounding has been replaced with a new roof, a new sign, children at play and much better health. Thank you, Lord!
It’s another big weekend here at King of Kings. The fun starts tonight with the Athletic Banquet for the school. Tomorrow (Saturday) is our Spring Cleaning Workday. We are sprucing up campus in preparation for Easter. The fun begins at 8 am.
Also Saturday, in order to help raise funds for our sign and other capital improvements, Nancy Rudolph will be holding a LuLaRoe pop-up in the FLC from 2:00-5:00 pm. LuLaRoe is a modest clothing line for women and children. Over 700 pieces will be available for immediate purchase and the sizes run from 2-14 for children and XXS-3XL for women. There will be tops, skirts, dresses, and buttery soft leggings to choose from. $5 from each item sold will be donated to the church.
Sunday is our outdoor worship and church picnic at Westmonte Park in Altamonte Springs. (Turn onto Spring Oaks Blvd @ the Chuck E Cheese on 436; the park is a half mile down the road on the left.) The service is at our regular 10 am time with a potluck lunch after the service.
Easter is only two weeks away. Sign up now for Easter lilies or to help with the Easter breakfast. (We’ll bring the sign-up lists to the park.)
Finally, the South Atlantic District’s summer youth camps are now accepting registrations! The Amazing Race Teen Challenge is June 27-30 ($355/) in Kissimmee, FL and includes the Race at Epcot. (Amazing Race All Forms) Camp South—Soul Survivor is July 24-28 ($285/) in Covington, GA and includes, bowling, low ropes and the mudder course. (Camp South All Forms) Organizers are expecting 750 participants between both camps. Contact Pastor if you have any questions. You can watch promo videos for Camp Southand Amazing Race here.
That’s it for this week. Now here’s today’s devotion:
“Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her. … As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” When you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass; the hand of the LORD will be made known to his servants, but his fury will be shown to his foes.
Isaiah 66:10, 13-14
Moms just seem to have a special power, don’t they? There’s something about a mother’s touch, a mother’s comfort that no one else can replicate. The relationship between a mother and a child is about as close as we can come to describing the love that God has for us. It’s no surprise, then, that God uses the picture of mother and child to describe his relationship with us.
Jerusalem had been beaten and battered from all sides. She had suffered greatly because she had rejected God. She abandoned his promises. She threw away his Word. But God would not abandon his people. After a time of trouble, after years of standing in ruins, emptied of her people, God restored Jerusalem. He brought the people back. He brought joy and comfort like only a mother can give.
There are plenty of things in this world that cause us pain. Unfortunately, some of that pain is self-inflicted. We’re like the people of Jerusalem when we abandon God’s promises and throw away his Word. Yet God has not abandoned us. He invites us again and again to return to him. Each time we run away from him by sinning against his perfect will, he calls us back. He offers the sweet forgiveness for all of our sins because of Jesus.
Each time we stand before our God and admit our sins, he wraps his arms around us and comforts us even more than a hug from our mom ever could. He says to you and to me, “I love you and I forgive you for Jesus’ sake.” Those comforting words motivate us to reflect God’s love by doing what he asks us to do. Those comforting words cause rejoicing to burst forth in heaven and on earth!
Forgiving God, let the comfort of your love wash over me. Embrace me with your forgiveness so that I may serve you in joy. Amen.