I came to mow the grass in the plot across from the church about a month ago. I was almost finished when the skies darkened and I had to duck and run... I mean disengage the blade and get out of Dodge. Well, somewhere along the way, I lost an almost new pair of Fiscar lopping shears. The orange handles on the shears are about two feet long. One would think I could not misplace something so bright. But, sadly enough, I did.
So, now that my sad story is out of the way... Wait a minute, my sad story sounds much like many people in their life, searching for that one thing they had as a youth... that one thing that made them want to come to church, that fire that burned deep inside to do more, be more, and spread the message. You know, that one thing a person thought they could never lose because it was right there... but now it is gone. Where did it go?
Well, truth be told 'it' did not go anywhere. No, 'it' is right where 'it' was left. 'It' is still here, waiting on the person to home to the fold. This is where we can all be a big help. We can show them where 'it'... Rather He is and that He is right here waiting for them to come home. This week, reach out to the lost and bring them home to the fold of Jesus.
When I got to church Sunday, the sky over the church and to the east was beautiful. I noticed the clouds to the west, but thought, "Wow, what a gorgeous day!" I unlocked the side door, ran to the disarm the thingamadoodle, and then proceeded to unlock the other doors. I got a text asking to be let in downstairs, so off I went. I opened the door and wow... rain!
I still say it was a beautiful morning, despite a little rain. You see, I grew up in a farmhouse with a tin roof. Rain on a tin roof is like a symphony of percussion turned up to 11. I find the power of God amazing, whether it is under the sunny skies He provides, or the rainy days He gives us. You may not feel the same as me, but I know you recognize the power of God in all things.
This week, share the message of His power through the Love of Jesus and the Grace provided through the cross. God has given us the power to increase His fold through simple invitations to worship together, so please use your power for good.
Many in the church; as well as friends of church members have been so kind to donate items to sell at yard sales and the flea market. For that I can say as a collective body of worshipers "Thank you!" However, one thing bothers me...
I seem to have two things in my life of which I can not let go. One is my 'selling hat' and the other is my tattered 'green blanket' that comforts McKenzie the bulldog when I am not at home.
Now I know new and better hats are available and Mary even bought me a new blanket, but for some reason I hang on to the old...
Gee, sounds just like a walk with God. Though we have Perfection holding our hand, we hang on to sin and try to have it both ways. Like the song from the movie states... Let it go... The sin that is.
This week, pray for those not able to attend church, pick up those who can not otherwise get to church, and by all means invite someone to come to church so they too can drop their old hat or old ratty green blanket and hold on to God with both hands!