Yesterday was a good, but difficult day. There were wonderful moments, there were great conversations, there was a tremendous time of worship and there were still sobering moments as well. As for my musings …
-Started a new sermon series yesterday entitled “I Choose Hope”. In this time of so much uncertainty, turmoil and torrent of words of despair rushing at us we need to know that there is hope. Hope is real and available but you need to choose to live in this hope.
-We had a special moment of the presence of God in the worship at our 9:00 church. I stopped what was planned and asked those who needed a touch of God in a difficult situation in life to stand and we had a meaningful time of prayer. God is moving and trying to get our attention.
-The time of singing in my 10:30 church was powerful and I really felt the touch of God as people sang with conviction.
-It is beginning to get very real that my son, daughter in law and 2 of our grandkids are heading back to Africa very soon (tomorrow). It has been great to have them in our house even when we weren’t doing anything together just hearing and seeing them has been a blessing. It has been a blessing to look out on the congregation and see them worshiping with us a few times. I am excited for them as they obediently follow God’s call to reach people with the Gospel, but humanly I struggle as I watch them pack and return.
-My fantasy team lost again. Yes, I still have a player playing tonight, but I am too far behind for a kicker to pull out the victory.
-There have been some special blessings from several people in the past few days. Words of appreciation and encouragement. There have been some special moments of talking with people in both of my churches as they have shared what is happening in their life.
-Yesterday morning was a very rushed morning. We had some technical glitches again and because of how busy the week had been there was a fair amount of last minute hustling to get everything ready for the day. In spite of those things God showed up and moved in our worship times.
-I have been encouraged by some conversations with some other pastors recently. I have been lifted by some and I have been able to do the lifting with others. It is great to be able to share with others who serve as pastors.
-Really looking forward to a few days away in the coming weeks.
-Excited to watch, or listen to, some playoff baseball beginning this week.
-Really burdened for many people facing some difficult decisions.
-Very excited to teach my next discipleship lesson with my group on the subject of accountability. I don’t know if they are excited or not.
-Praying for sensitivity this week for people who need to know that there is hope for them and whatever they are facing.
Here’s hoping that you will choose hope and pass it on this week.