Around here, school begins on Wednesday. That means that yesterday was the last day, of the last weekend before school begins. The bad news is that as might be expected attendance was down. The good news is that God still showed up and moved in our worship. As for my musings …
-In my 10:30 church we had a special time of prayer over our students and school personnel who were in attendance. It made an impression on me that we have someone represented in so many grades and so many schools.
-My wife is gone for a couple of days on a personal prayer retreat.
-This past week saw me head out of town on 3 different days to visit 3 different people in the hospital. We have several people who are awaiting tests, having procedures or important appointments this week as well.
-I am very excited for some of our fall plans. There are a few new groups and classes that will begin in September. I am also pumped about the next sermon series that will begin the second Sunday in September. This one is going to make a difference in the lives of many people and in the life of our church.
-Heading out to see my Dad next week and will be meeting my brother there. Haven’t seen my brother since January.
-Still praying for my son and daughter in law to receive their government clearance and visas for their current missionary assignment.
-Heartbroken over the violence and hate that was on display in Charlottesville over the weekend. Racism and any form of elevating any group over another is wrong.
-I received word over the weekend that a dear relative, a cousin of my mom’s, passed away. This lady and her husband held a very special place in my heart and life. They helped me, and housed, me one summer while I was taking some masters classes. Years later my son was an Assistant Pastor in their church and we continued to have contact with them.
-I am headed back out of town to the hospital again today. I love the opportunity to serve and hopefully encourage people when they are going through difficult and uncertain times. Serving as a pastor is a privilege and joy.
-My Cubs are still in first place, but I feel that they do not have a good hold on that position at all.
-I have a church board meeting tonight. I love the leaders I get to serve alongside.
Here’s hoping you find someone to encourage today.