You Don't Know What You've Got (Till It's Gone)
February 27

Last week brought about the usual jokes after it rains for a few days in Atlanta. Welcome to Seattle, GA. I wonder if I should start building an ark? But then all of a sudden, as if almost on cue, on Sunday morning the sun reappeared and there was much rejoicing! This change in the weather brought about the usual jokes in Atlanta after it's rained for a few days and the sun returns. What is that big red ball in the sky? Welcome back! I forgot what the sun looked like! 

Why does it take losing something for us to realize how much we liked it? Were we taking it for granted all along? Do we need to have something taken away from us before we realize how special it is?

All of this makes sense when it comes to something like the sun, or maybe a day off or a vacation. It gets a little deeper when we lose a loved one or maybe when a relationship ends. But how do we make sure we don't take for granted even more meaningful things? How do we make sure we never take for granted graceunconditional love, and the promise that God is always with us? It seems weird to have those things taken from us, to lose them, or abstain from them.  I don't believe God to be the type who would want us to experience an absence of love and grace, but I also very much realize that we can too easily take these gifts for granted. So, what do we do?

In a week, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday which will usher in the season of Lent. This is that time when we are supposed to be more aware and intentional. A time when maybe we give-up a luxury or we add something to give our life renewed focus and purpose. A season that hopefully helps us understand and appreciate the gift and victory of Easter. It’s not so much that we need to have grace and unconditional love taken from us so that we can appreciate them, it’s more that we need to slow down a little so that we can realize what we have always had. 

We may complain about a few rainy days, but thankfully we can never lose God's love!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: February 27, 2019 9:12 AM