Yesterday I was in a parking lot that had one entrance and it was blocked by a tow truck loading up two cars. From what I could tell, all the signs pointed toward the cars getting repossessed.

Since the driver had blocked the only entrance, all I could do was watch (and get frustrated that he had blocked the entrance for several minutes).

My mind drifted to the vehicle owners and I thought about their struggle. I wondered if they had maybe lost their job or had some unexpected expenses, maybe they were going through health or relationship struggles.

I realized that even though I was forced to wait, my problem was pretty insignificant compared to the people whose vehicles were getting repossessed.

Sometimes life can be easy and sometimes it can be really difficult. My guess is that within the past few months you know how it feels to have a bad day. If this is the case, then I really hope you can plan to attend the service on Sunday.

Jason Parr will be sharing a sermon from Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:13-15 entitled, “Forgotten Refugee.”

Did you know that Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus were forced to flee their city and country and move to Egypt shortly after the birth?

Imagine the struggle of travelling more than 400 miles on foot to a place with no job or friends.

There is so much for us to learn from the life of Jesus, and knowing about some of the trials Jesus had to endure in his childhood can give us perspective and hope during our most difficult days.

I probably don’t know all that you have had to face this week…but if my estimates are accurate, there is a good chance you’ve had to deal with struggles. The good news is we have a Savior who knows what it feels like to endure tough times and he has promised to be with you and me no matter what.

I sure hope to see you at 9:00 or 10:45am on Sunday. I am confident your load will be lightened and your heart will be encouraged.

And if that was your car, let me know and I’ll try to help you find a ride :).