Lent 2016

“It Is Darkest before the Dawn”
2 Corinthians 4:7-9

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
George Frederick Handel was dogged with misfortune. He had debt upon debt, despair upon despair. He had a cerebral hemorrhage and was paralyzed on his right side. For four years he could neither walk nor write. The doctors gave up on him. He wrote several operas, but again he fell in debt. At age 60 he thought his life was finished. Then he was challenged by a friend to write a sacred oratorio. He read the Scriptures and decided to work on the Messiah. For 24 days, without eating a crumb, he worked fanatically to produce the Messiah, which many today consider the greatest oratorio ever written.
The prospects of something great happening can look grim. Remember Peter fishing all night and catching nothing? Jesus asked him to let down his nets again in a place unlikely for a catch. It seemed foolish to do so, but Peter did it anyway. And he had the greatest catch of his life.
When you are hard pressed, don’t be crushed. When you are perplexed, do not despair. When you are struck down, get up. For God’s purposes in your life will not be defeated. This is the story of the cross. Come join us each Wednesday for stories of crossroads.