What a difference a year makes. This past weekend marked one year since I moved in to our current location. When we unloaded our trailer a year ago the temperature was about 30 degrees colder and there was several more inches of snow on the ground. This year was so mild it was hard to believe it was January. Now to the musings…
-The mild weather didn’t help our attendance at all. We were down considerably from the week before, however it was still 10 more than we were averaging at this time a year ago.
-We had a few sound issues yesterday, nothing dramatic. Just enough to remind me that we can’t go too much longer without doing some major work on our sound system.
-We had a very emotional time of prayer. We have a few people in our congregation going through some major issues at this time. These are life-changing issues. I love the concern that our congregation is showing and that they are reaching out to these people to help in tangible ways.
-My wife was out of town yesterday caring for some of our grandkids so their parents could go minister with a group for the weekend. Things are never the same when she is gone. I draw great strength from her support and she helps me with details, since I can be a big picture person and miss details at times. I was also missing her observations as I was reviewing the service last night. The good news is she is supposed to get back home today.
-Illness is still wreaking havoc among our people. This stuff just doesn’t want to go away.
-I felt good about the sermon ahead of time, but I did not like how it went during the service. I was struggling all the way through and as a result it didn’t seem that the people were very engaged during the message. I will beat myself up for a few days over that one.
-I had a great conversation with one of our newer families after the service yesterday. I was greatly encouraged by that conversation.
-I headed to hospital right after the service. This hospital is about 40 minutes away. The good news is that the person I visited is doing much better (not because of my visit).
-Our small group was very small last night. We still had some good discussion and it was great to spend time with them.
-My Sunday morning small group had a very meaningful lesson and discussion. The lesson was exactly what a few of them are dealing with at this time. I love those lessons that are right on time.
-The day ended poorly when my NFL team suffered a crushing defeat, ouch!
I am looking forward to my wife getting home today. What are you looking forward to today?