I knew I’d have a good story to tell after today’s sermon, and I was right. The scripture verse came from Haggai 1:15-2:9. Whose ever heard of Haggai? Can you find it quickly in your Bible? It only has two chapters with a total of 48 verses. If you ever need a unique character name, look no further than Haggai. How about Zerubbabel, Shealtiel or Jehozadak? Our pastor told us that Haggai’s prophecy took place August 29-December 19, 520 BC. I’m just taking his word on that point.
The back story: Solomon’s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC and the people were living in exile. Many years later, the Persians defeated the Babylonians and sent the Israelites home giving them supplies and materials to rebuild the temple. The people had been mourning the loss of their magnificent temple, little did they know an even better temple was in their future.
This is where Haggai steps in to tell them that God says, “It’s time to get to work. I am with you.”
It’s time for us to get busy as well. God is with us. We can remember the past, the good ole days, but we need to look to the future, even better times. Oh the places we’ll go! Change can be good, so you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone for the times they are changin’.
Our service closed by singing “Let Peace Begin With Me” as the acolytes (the most precious 2-year-old girl and her mom) carried out the light of Christ.