Here I sit, back in Kansas once again. This time getting ready for the beginning of some great times of honoring my Dad. We have a service here tomorrow and then one in Indiana in a couple of days. This will be a long, difficult and wonderful week as we remember and honor a great man. As for my musings …
-During worship yesterday, we gave a significant check to a local ministry. It was half of our “Give it all Away” offering from a couple of Sundays ago. We had the director of the Pregnancy Center there to receive the check. It is fun to bless other ministries.
-I am loving our current sermon series, “Moving to Yes”. This series will take us to Easter. This morning we looked at the costs of moving to yes and the costs of doing nothing. This series is really challenging me, I am praying that it is challenging others as well.
-The people in our church are amazingly generous. They blessed us yesterday with money to cover the costs for our travel this week. I am so humbled by their encouragement and support.
-Yesterday we had someone step forward to say yes. That never gets old.
-Our attendance was down, even with great weather. Makes me worry about next Sunday when we spring ahead 1 hour.
-I am sitting here listening to my 2 youngest grandkids being cute. I am sitting in the home of my brother in law and sister in law. They have opened their home to me often in the past 13 months. They have simply said, “Come when you need to, you don’t need to let us know, just come on in.” What a blessing to be with some family as we celebrate my Dad’s life and influence. My daughters are here, and my sons in law. My son and daughter in law and their family are missing, but since they are serving in Africa it is understandable.
-I just got a text from a pastor friend who had 2 people come to faith in Christ during a funeral he was leading over the weekend and they had more than double their average worship attendance yesterday. I love to celebrate with others.
-I am encouraged by the increasing number of prayer requests from people in my congregation who are praying for their family and friends who don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior.
-We hopped in our van about 20 minutes after I said amen in our worship yesterday. In fact, I never made it into our house because my wife was backing out of the garage as I walked over to the house. 6 hours later we were walking into my brother in law and sister in law’s home.
-Last evening, I was grateful for the prayers of my congregation. We had stopped for a potty break and as I was turning to get back on the interstate an SVU came flying through the intersection even though they had a red light. I was watching when our light turned green and this SVU didn’t slow at all. I was turning, but I stopped, and they flew by us. We said a couple of prayers of thanks.
-I need to make this a short one today.
Here’s hoping that you remember you are loved today and that you let others know they are loved as well.