- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
- Romans 8:35-39
- Isaiah 43:1-2, 19
Early Thoughts: All things human have a life span.
ALL things. Communities, families, businesses, churches. They all have a life span.
That means they have a beginning and a middle, and an end. There is a time.
Our challenge is to know how to recognize the time and respond with hope. We celebrate that which has been, we name that there is a loss taking place, and we look for how God is with us in the beginnings, the middles and the ends.
Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for every season and purpose. An unpleasant truth perhaps, but still a truth.
Both Isaiah and Paul remind us that God is with us in the times of transition and change. They remind us that God will not forsake us, that no matter how bad things may seem at times nothing separates us from God. And then Isaiah challenges us to look for the new thing that God is doing.
We gather to mark the closing of a congregation. As we gather we will be reminded of what has happened in that community of faith over the years. But we are always challenged to look forward with hope. God is with us. God is active. These things do not change. All human endeavours come to an end. But God remains present and faithful.
Thanks be to God.