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Sermon 8/4/19

*THIS WAS TOMATO SUNDAY - an annual worship tradition at LCCC*

Psalm 24:1-2

The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,

    the world, and those who live in it;

for he has founded it on the seas,

    and established it on the rivers.

Truly, this is the season of the tomato, only one of God’s

good creations.

Recently, I was talking with a friend who is not loving the season of life she is in right now. She is seeing friends in the season she wants to be in, yet that’s not her season of life at

the moment. She realizes this - she doesn’t hold animosity towards those who are in the season she wants, because she trusts that her turn will come around.

It reminds me a bit of this crazy, beautiful world we are a part of...right now, we are in summer. People in Australia...winter! (mind blown) We are on the same globe, the same planet. But, we’re in different seasons. Our time for winter - and their time for summer - will come around.

I know that many of us have heard the wisdom before: “this, too, shall pass.” Parents try giving this wisdom to kids who want to grow up too fast. Friends try passing this wisdom to

friends who aren’t happy with where they are in life. So we hear it a lot, and it bears reminding, and it serves us well to combine it with the point that we are still in God’s hands.

Even if you are wishing the season pass faster than it is, you are not out of the reach of God’s love and power.

Whether you are currently being planted. Whether you are currently growing. Whether you are fully in a season of harvest. Whether you are being tilled and prepared for the next season. Whether you are in summer or winter. You are in God’s world.

This season can have a good purpose. Like the tomato and its growth cycle. This season can give you rest, growth, lessons learned, etc. May you remember that you are held in God’s world.

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