Pastor Todd began his weekly email about the texts for the coming week this way,

Chuck Berryhill and me traded emails earlier this week. We acknowledged both the reality of busy schedules and evidence that despite busy schedules people will do what they want to do. The email conversation reminded me of something I recently read.

 
It seems that the seventeenth century French mathematician turned philosopher/theologian, Blaise Paschal, had some thoughts about why people fill their lives with busyness. He wrote in his famous work, Pensees,
 
I have often said that the sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
Paschal has much to say about this thought. At its core, he suggests people live into, even create, distractions so as to avoid the hole in our lives that may only be filled by God. It terrifies us to think of our own mortality, limitations, and failures. He continues, 


Despite [his] afflictions man wants to be happy, only wants to be happy, and cannot help wanting to be happy. But how shall he go about it? The best thing would be to make himself immortal, but as he cannot do that, he has decided to stop thinking about it.
The way to avoid thinking about it is to fill our lives with distractions intended to make us happy. We spend a great deal of time before we learn these externals really do not make us happy. But, we tend to continue to fill our time with whatever distractions may keep us from thinking about what it means to be a human being.

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And, Pastor Todd posted some audio reflections centered around the Scriptures for this coming Sunday here.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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