A Time to Heal

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-7; 2 Chronicles 7:1-14

November 14, 2020 Sermon Review

Introduction

Because of the unseasonably warm weather that we have had in the DMV recently, I, not unlike many of you, have spent time in my yard raking leaves. Now, I must admit that raking leaves has always been my least favorite yard activity. Truth be told, I would rather pull weeds than rake leaves. But rake them I did, that is until one of my neighbors saw my desperation and came to my rescue with his gasoline powered leaf blower. What would have taken me days was done in a matter of minutes. But as fate would have it, in less than two days after ridding my yard literally of several bags of leaves, it was again blanketed to the point that no one would have ever known what had recently taken place. But as we all know, the falling of leaves is just a sign that we have now entered the fall season. But just as this time of year is characterized by the falling of leaves, there are other occurrences in our lives that serve as signs that we are moving into a new season as well.  Today we shall take a look at one of those seasons, which is needed now more than ever, in our message, “A Time to Heal.”

  • God has made it clear that he designed our lives to exist in a rhythm of ebb and flow, to and fro, give and take, gain as well as loss, all to demonstrate the need on our part to make the best use of the season that we are currently in, in the hopes that we will recognize that there will be a time to move on to another season. All of which illustrates that, as humans, we are part of the inescapable cycle of life.   Genesis 8:22; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11; Daniel 2:20-21; Galatians 6:1-9
  • God has not only designated a time or a season for healing to take place in the lives of his people, but this same God has also provided a prescription, that if followed, will provide us with a pathway to healing.    2 Chronicles 7:1-14; Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:13; 1 John 1:5-9

Conclusion

It is clear that, just as in nature, God has provided for us various seasons in our lives to facilitate activities that are a part of the cycle of life. It is only when we take advantage of these seasons, and the opportunities they present, that we are able to truly experience the fullness, which God has designed for each of our lives.

Question for Reflection

Are you aware of the season of life in which you are currently living? If not, it could prove to be of great loss not only to you, but possibly to those with whom you have influence as well.

Quotes of the Week

“Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offence up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love.” – Gary Chapman

“The high heaven covereth as well tall mountains as small mole hills, and mercy can cover all. The more desperate thy disease, the greater is the glory of thy physician, who hath perfectly cured thee. – Abraham Wright

“Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.”  – Matthew Henry