This morning our worship service was outside. It is our annual fall kick-off, and always one of my favorite services of the year. Todays was especially nice for several reasons. First, a friend and her son joined me for their first visit to our church. Second, it was a beautiful and cool morning. Third, being outside for worship just changes the feel of it. And last but not least, Pastor Scott preached on one of my favorite scriptures:
From Luke 12: 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
That passage is one that I love to teach about in Sunday School. Luke tells us that God knows the number of hairs on our head. He cares so much about us, He loves us so much, that He has even counted the hairs on our head. Do you know how many hairs are on your head? Think of someone you love deeply. Would you take the time to count the hairs on their head? Have you even thought about their hair count being of any importance? Do you love them so much that you would put value on something as abundant as their hair?
Today my friends, I want you to remember that God loves you. He puts value in you. He knows your worth. I hope you take time to thank him.
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for loving us so much that you have counted our hairs, our tears and our prayers. Thank you for loving us so much that you sent us your Son, to die and carry our sins far away. Thank you for life, and life after death.
In Jesus name,