In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes the following about hope:
"Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise. The longings which arise in us when we first fall in love, or first think of some foreign country, or first take up some subject that excites us, are longings which no marriage, no travel, no learning, can really satisfy. I am not now speaking of what would be ordinarily called unsuccessful marriages, or holidays, or learned careers. I am speaking of the best possible ones. There was something we grasped at, in that first moment of longing, which just fades away in the reality. I think everyone knows what I mean. The wife may be a good wife, and the hotels and scenery may have been excellent, and chemistry may be a very interesting job: but something has evaded us." - C.S. Lewis
Through this season of Lent leading up to Easter, we are looking at false gods that promise what only the true God provides. This Sunday, we turn our focus to the idols of love and romance, using the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel in Genesis 29.
I hope to see you this Sunday as we continue in this Glorious Exchange, laying down our lesser gods so we can take up the one true God in which we place our ultimate hope—Jesus Christ.
Grateful to be your pastor,
P.S. - Parents, to prepare your family for this Sunday’s sermon on Genesis 29 and the idols of love and romance, take the time to read it beforehand and prepare yourself for how you would answer any questions your children may have from this story. The Jesus Storybook Bible tells a great child-appropriate version of the story that can help you navigate this chapter.
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