This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, not a religious holiday exactly but certainly a high holy day in our culture. I'm neither a Chiefs fan nor an Eagles fan, but I enjoy a good Super Bowl: both the (hopefully competitive) gave, and the over-the-top spectacle, the halftime show, the commercials, the food. I'm a glad participant.
Eventually the game clock hits zero and the game is over. At that point it's etched in history forever; nothing can change what happened. For some it will be a happy memory, for others a memory of loss, but either way, it's done. Finished. Over. End of the road.
We'll be talking about this idea in worship on Sunday, how we sometimes encounter dead ends in our life. We'll look at the promises we find in the prophet Isaiah, that God will do something new, that there are no dead ends for God, and so we should always hope beyond hope.