Got a late start on this today, therefore I can’t call it Monday Morning Musings this time. The reason for the late start was that we have 3 of our grandchildren with us for a few days. They will be participating in our VBS and we get the joy of having them transform our house for a while. So, it is a win, win. As for my musings …
-Yesterday was a good day. In my 10:30 church 20+ children shared a song in worship. We had a special time of prayer for VBS and especially praying a blessing over the workers. We had good attendance and the building is decorated and ready for the beginning of VBS this evening.
-One of the impressive things about yesterday was seeing that our VBS workers stretched beyond the width of the platform and not everyone was in the sanctuary when we had this time of prayer. I love seeing so many people coming together to make a difference in the lives of kids.
-As seems to be the norm for our VBS times, the weather will be very hot this week. We have asked for prayer for our air conditioning system.
-I spent the night in the hospital on Friday. I had had a few times of feeling very flushed on Thursday and Friday. I just didn’t feel right and had some slight discomfort in my chest and when I checked my blood pressure at home it was very high. Sooooo, we headed to the Emergency Room near midnight on Friday. They kept me overnight to observe and run multiple ekg’s and blood tests. Everything came back fine and within 3 or 4 hours my blood pressure dropped back into the very good status. I am awaiting a call to schedule a stress test sometime this week. I got out Saturday afternoon and I preached on Sunday at both churches and have felt fine.
-I am praying for several children to be impacted by Jesus this week. Praying to see some children accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Praying that some children will feel the call of God to pursue Christ in ministry. Praying for some parents to be drawn to Christ because of the testimonies of their children.
-I am in awe as I walk around my building and see all the work and creativity in the decorations that have transformed our building for VBS. As my wife posted online last week, “our people rock”. Many people have already given dozens of hours just in preparation for the kids.
-We lost another dear saint last week. She and her husband served as evangelists for many years all around the world. He passed a few years ago. When I first arrived here, she still played the piano a little in our times of worship in her late eighties. She was in failing health before I arrived and has been unable to attend church for almost 3 years. She was a sweetheart. Even at the end, whenever I visited her, she was so encouraging and sweet toward me.
-On Friday evening, I participated in a Celebration of Life event for a young man from the community who died way too soon. I am praying for his parents and siblings as they adjust to this new reality.
-I am spending a lot of time planning for this fall. Looking at small groups, special studies, prayer groups and sermons. I am excited about what will be taking place.
Here’s hoping you recognize the joy of serving and that you encourage someone else with your service this week.