Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sundown

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:
  1. Patricia Says:

    Time to set our clocks back tonight … oh the mess Congress created with making it one week later this year! Oh well, we’ll be up at 5 a.m. as Ib leaves for New Orleans at 6:15 a.m. I’ll be at church by 8:00 a.m. for choir/Sunday School.

    Katy girl … there are some great worship services on TV (Charles Stanley, f.ex.) … cuddle under one of those warmed blankets and feels God’s love directed just to you!

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    We are still in prayer for you as you continue to try to get back on your feet. I’m sure it feels simply wonderful to be at home, even if you don’t feel 100%. Seeing God’s provision and blessing in your life (and your family’s too) has been a daily encouragement. I praise Him for the faithful brothers and sisters that are ministering to ya’ll. Just think–it’s a small taste of what Heaven will be like all the time! Have a blessed and restful Sabbath tomorrow.
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Sandy Says:

    I am blessed to have a church family who I see every Sunday unless my health is really bad. I feel so much more grounded after worship, with less of a strangle hold on the stress of all my responsibilities. I have been lifted in prayer by my church so many times, and people who I don’t even know well will send cards or inquire about how I’m doing when I’m out of worship for a time. And there are times when I’ve been able to serve as a Light to someone else in worship too.

    Nothing much to report from the sermon today (next week is Commitment Sunday, so this wasn’t the best week to report on our worship!). But, last week on Reformation Sunday, we sang a hymn whose chorus included the line “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!” and I remember thinking of Katy at that time and how grateful I was that she was home from the hospital.

    You all continue to be in my prayers!

  4. Alicia Richardson Says:

    Hey Katy
    Hope you had a restful Sunday. Our pastor is going through the book of John and “the miraculous signs”. Today we talked about the Feeding of the “5,000″ and how Christ showed he is the creator of time and the provider of all things…on a funny note….my sister and i were wondering how they knew that there were 5,000 men (let alone all the women and children). The idea we came up with was that they had a disciple at the bottom of the Mount handing out tickets and saying keep them for later when you need your food. LOL.
    love ya…some time or another we WILL play another game of Literati…
    Always in His precious love
    Alicia

  5. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I was actually in Roanoke this weekend for a bridal shower on Saturday — so I was blessed by Andy’s sermon at Mineral Springs this morning. He preached on the story of the Rich Young Ruler as written in Mark. He had some beautiful things to say about this man, a young guy with plenty of money and power who did a few things right. He asked the right question (”What must I do to inherit eternal life?”). He asked the right person (Jesus!). He came with the right attitude (humility and urgency). And he got the right answer (the gospel, of course). When it came down to it, he wasn’t willing to part with the one thing that separated him from God (which is always different for each of us… for him, it happened to be his wealth). The part that I found most beautiful is in verse 21: And Jesus, looking at him, loved him… It is out of love that Our Savior teaches us how to come to His Father. What a beautiful bit of Truth! The man leaves Jesus not having decided to follow Him, but many of us never even get as close as he did to admitting our need of Him. It was a good reminder to hear!

    I hope you got the chance to go to church today, Katy, but if not, it was at least a beautiful, autumn-like day :) Praying for you as you try to get back to “normal.” Love to you all, Aleah

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey there Katy,
    Just wanted to stop by and say hello. We haven’t seen you online, so are assuming you’re just not up to it. You’re very much missed.

  7. Jes Says:

    Hey Dawn -
    It was great to worship with you yesterday! I forgot to tell you when we talked - next week is ‘Taco Night’ at Awanas…Don’t know Qavah likes tacos or not - but wanted to give you a heads up! :)

    Katy - I hope they can get to the bottom of this pain in your abdomen - we love you and continue to lift you up!

    Today is Josh’s first day at his ‘new job’….he actually is with the kids today and will be until 12:00…I think everyone is enjoying having him around - I know I am…the kids have already played ‘Jesus on the Boat’ and “Daniel in the Lions Den” several times! I can hear giggling and laughing going on down the hall - so all is good!! :) Tomorrow morning - he will log in for the first time and do some work for the new company! We are both excited!

    Love you guys!
    Jess

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