I am back in the office after two weeks of vacation. During part of that time, Pam and I were in Montana. I was there to perform the wedding for my first cousin who lives in Billings. We arrived a few days early and drove to see Mount Rushmore - the first time for both of us. (I discovered that the man who completed the carving of Mount Rushmore was actually the first carver of Stone Mountain, but he was fired before it was completed!)
It was very beautiful there in the park as we walked among the evergreens and saw different views of the carving. I was amazed to learn that no one was killed in the carving process - it looked like very dangerous work.
As much as I enjoyed and needed the time off, I was actually ready to come back to work on Monday - which I think is a good thing. Part of it may be the new sermon series I am working on to begin this Sunday. I am calling it "A Time for Everything." It is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - which is probably the only passage most of us would recognize from Ecclesiastes. The words were made popular in a song written by Pete Seeger, but performed by The Byrds called, "Turn, Turn, Turn." Ecclesiastes 3:1 goes this way: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:" (NIV)
The series will focus on finding balance in our lives today. Most of us probably need more balance. The words from someone who is called "The Teacher" paint a picture of what a balanced life can look like. Sunday we will also talk about the purpose of having a balanced life. So, plan to be here for this new series, and invite a friend to meet you here, too!