Since September, our Sunday morning sermon series has taken us through many stories of the Old Testament. We began in the Garden of Eden, God’s perfect creation. We heard stories of God’s people laughing at surprising news, wrestling with and demanding a blessing from God, and committing themselves to follow God’s instructions. We read of dangerous times in Israel, of the rise and fall of kingdoms, of exile in Babylon, and of prophets calling the people to remember God.

In November, we will conclude this series with the story of Josiah’s reform (2 Kings 22:1-10, 23:1-2) on Nov 17 and the story of rebuilding the temple (Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13) on Nov 24.

Throughout this narrative journey through the Old Testament, we have reflected on where we find our own place in this story. We too experience many ups and downs of life. We enjoy God’s creation, laugh at God’s plans, struggle with God, pass through difficult and dangerous times, and experience times of both commitment and failure. Through it all, God is faithful. As Romans 8:28 reminds us, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

As we approach the season of Advent in just a few weeks, may we continue to prayerfully seek our own place in the story of God’s people. God has plans for us, and God’s plans are good! Let us keep following God as faithfully as we can. Though the journey is challenging, the journey is good!

— Pastor Jennifer Rygg, 11/12/2019