Oasis in the desert

Oasis in the desert

Yesterday, Sophia, Dallas, Isaiah, and I took a last-minute trip to St. Louis for some soccer games. Afterward, we ate some dinner and then had to decide whether to stay at the hotel or go out and find something to do.

We decided to take on St. Louis.

Our first stop was Ted Drewes custard. I wanted to introduce the kids to one of the best places in St. Louis. And in case you’re wondering, the “S’More Concrete” has been voted “best in class” by our fam.

As we followed our maps to get there, we realized we were driving through a pretty rough area. It seemed all we could see was blighted housing, trash, and crumbling sidewalks. The poverty and brokenness were significant.

And then, after several minutes, we saw the sign for “Ted Drewes” and it was like an oasis in a desert. The employees were buzzing around with smiles on their faces. Kids and adults were smiling and laughing as they enjoyed their custard. Couples were loving each other even more with ice cream.

As we sat on a park bench enjoying a little bit of heaven, we smiled and laughed, soaking in the moment.

And then it occurred…on one corner in the midst of blight and brokenness was a place where the world seemed right and people were smiling and laughing and at peace.

What if this smiling and laughing and peace could last longer than a cup of ice cream?

It can!

This Sunday, I look forward to sharing the final sermon in our four-week series from Philemon on the topic of forgiveness. It’s no secret our world is marked by brokenness and pain, however, there is hope for healing and forgiveness, and peace.

Like an oasis in the desert, New Life CityChurch can be a family in our city known for smiles and laughter, and love.

And it starts with forgiveness. Something we must experience and then should express to everyone around us. I look forward to sharing specifically from Philemon 17-25 about our motivation for forgiveness. Why should we forgive? Well, you will have to come on Sunday to find out.

I sure hope you can join us in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.