For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.
-Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)
My brothers and sisters, when you are confronted with your own inadequacy may you be reminded that Christ is enough.
When you are confronted with your own weakness, may you find strength in Christ.
When you are confronted with your past and all of the ways that you aren’t good enough, may you be confronted with your present and your future and all of the ways that Christ is good enough.
When you are confronted with despair may you have the hope of Christ.
May you truly come to see that in Christ you are a new creation.
Peace be with you.
Benediction spoken by Rob Bell at Mars Hill, September 16, 2007