Today was all about chores; laundry, mowing, cleaning, and taking care of details. The girls have had a good day. Katy slept most of the afternoon. Qavah sat on the lawn tractor all afternoon with Paul while he mowed. I looked outside once and he was heading to the woods with Qavah sitting on top of a wheelbarrow full of black walnuts to dump. I thanked him for keeping her busy this afternoon and he said, “She kept me company.” I guess mowing and raking is a rather solitary chore.
This afternoon I was thinking about the Church. Not any particular church; The Church. Tomorrow is our day to worship and celebrate, but often Saturday is spent in getting ready for church and a day of rest. I know many people don’t attend church anymore and many seem to have good reasons. Yes, the church is full of hypocrites, and that is why Christ laid down His life for us hopelessly lost people. He pointed out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees Himself while He was here. But as I am getting ready to see church friends tomorrow I think about the way true Christians serve each other, and help each other in tough times. It is a community of caring people and everyone needs that from time to time. It is also a place where we have the opportunity to bless others with the gifts and talents God has given us.
I mention this because after spending the entire day at the hospital with Qavah yesterday, I called Paul at seven o’clock while driving home and he told me that someone from church had just brought us a hot meal and a salad. If there is such a thing as being weak with joy, that’s how I felt. I whispered a prayer for the family that did that, and told Qavah that we were going to be able to eat as soon as we got home. What a gift. I also received a card from a church in Louisiana, from the city where we stayed while picking up Qavah. The congregation of the First United Methodist Church wrote to tell us they were praying for us in their intercessory prayer group. They are keeping up with the girls via the Innkeepers of the Fleur de Lis. They wrote a blessing to us that said, “May God’s grace be sufficient for you in every way.” How we needed that encouragement this week; it was a word in due season.
We need each other, especially when life gets confusing, and the way doesn’t seem so clear. I hope tomorrow when the sun rises, there is a place for you to go to worship and sit with friends who understand their need for a Savior. It is humbling to know God sent His Son for all of us. If you haven’t been to church in a while, please consider going and give us your comments, good or bad! If you have some good sermon notes to share, please leave a comment tomorrow. Katy isn’t sure she can manage to go to church tomorrow, so go in her place, and write her your message of encouragement.Comments: