As we gathered for worship today the focus was not on veterans per se; rather, we considered the promise of God’s presence and how God has guided us through our journey. In Hebrew Scripture we heard a passage from Haggai and the reminder that the rebuilding of God’s temple takes time and, when complete, will be grander than the most grand thing we remember. Luke’s reminder was two-fold (at least): that God is the God of the living and not the dead – human standards are tied to the human world; those who have faith in God will be blessed into eternal life. Haggai and Paul helped paint a picture of the life we live: that past appears better than it might have been; the present is overwhelming; and the future is downright scary. But, because we are God’s people, the first fruits of creation. May you be blessed this Veterans’ Day weekend.

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Readings: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

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