Winter Worship Series: Gifts of the Dark Wood

The Gift of Failure

Dr. Chris Carrasco
Journeying in the Dark Wood, the last gift we are given is failure. Like the past five weeks, failure hardly seems like a gift. We avoid failure at all costs, trying not to embarrass ourselves. “Sometimes… you need to step away from the security of your boat onto the stormy sea of your own awakening to discover that a sinking stone is a far firmer foundation than you ever have imagined.” We are invited to explore all the places where we find ourselves–not just the seemingly stable and blessed places, but the ones that feel like utter failure, or the most tenuous at the least. Failure and suffering drives our imaginations, our endurance, our character, and even our hope. God is at work in us when we receive the gift of failure.
Sunday, February 23, 2020


Winter Worship Series: Gifts of the Dark Wood

This worship series, based on the book by the same name by Eric Elnes, is about “seeing life through new eyes, recognizing that experiences of failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are as critical for finding our way through life as they are unavoidable.” We will see how experiences of life through the “dark wood” actually open us to God’s lessons of new growth that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. How can the struggles of life be the seedbed of spiritual awakening and avenues through which God shapes us?

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