A few days ago, on a beautiful evening, Ian and I went for a bike ride. The other kids were participating in soccer practices, so we loaded up the bikes and took off on our own exploration.

It didn’t take long to hear the birds and squirrels rustling in the woods. There was a river of water and plenty of trees just starting to bud.

I love spending time in nature, especially with my kids.

Then as we rounded a corner, in front of us was an exorbitant amount of trash…bags, clothes, bottles, and boxes. Clearly an abandoned homeless camp.

It seemed like as soon as we saw the trash, we stopped hearing the birds and seeing the beauty.

Later on in our ride, we came across some historical monuments telling about the Battle of Westport. This battle in the civil war was the largest engagement in the Civil War west of the Mississippi River. It was the pivot point for two days as the armies battled. One monument stated that “wounded and dead soldiers littered this area.”

It was hard to imagine that just over 150 years ago, the same woods where we heard the birds and river and enjoyed the serenity were burial grounds fueled by hate and injustice.

The irony of beauty ruined by evil is the story of mankind.

This Sunday, Palm Sunday, we continue our journey through John and will study from John 19:31-42. We will see a crowd that was shouting “Hosanna”, turn against Jesus, and shout “Crucify Him.”

In spite of fallen people and disappointing circumstances, we have a Savior who is always faithful. We can trust Jesus.

There is so much more I want to share, but you have to come Sunday. Our service times are 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or you can watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am. If you want to catch up on our sermon series, you can watch last week’s sermon HERE.