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Monday Morning Musings …

Yesterday was the Sunday pastors dread. The Sunday after the clocks are moved ahead is a difficult day. Yesterday was a difficult day for a lot of reasons. As for my musings …

-Many people evidently forgot to move their clocks ahead. We were missing a lot of people and it had a negative effect on the atmosphere in our worship. We had to work hard to engage people yesterday.

-Last week was a long and emotional week. We traveled to Kansas on Sunday and we had a memorial service for my Dad on Tuesday. It was a very good service. On Wednesday we traveled to Indiana and on Thursday we had a graveside service for my Dad. That was a small service with 90% of those in attendance being family members from my Dad and Mom’s extended family. We traveled home on Friday.

-Last week did have some great times. The best of which was a lot of time with some family. There were a lot of memories shared. It was very encouraging.

-One of my struggles yesterday was still trying to recover from the week physically and emotionally. Fortunately, the Lord is gracious and filled in a lot of spaces where my thoughts and words failed.

-Even with a smaller attendance and change in the atmosphere we still had a good time of worship.

-Yesterday we had a soup lunch for some of the people serving in our greeter, teaching and security ministries. We wanted to thank them, encourage them and remind them of the importance and purpose of these ministries. It encouraged me to spend time with this great group.

-My wife and I are heading out in a few minutes to attend a graveside funeral service that is about 30 miles away. It is a service for the uncle of someone in our church. There is little family around and she is having to deal with all the arrangements. We just want to support and encourage her.

-I am more tired this morning than at anytime in the past week. I think with the travel, services and emotions of last week, getting home and needing to gear up for Sunday and go through everything on Sunday, that my body decided it was time for some recovery. I need to make sure I am careful with decisions today, as my mind is not sharp.

-Yesterday was encouraging because of conversations with people and reminders from people that they are praying for me.

-This past week was a reminder of the sacrifices that those who serve as missionaries make to serve. My son, and family, wanted to attend my father’s services, but with the time and cost of travel from that far away it was not possible. My Dad would have understood and was always thrilled that they are serving in this capacity. But it was still difficult for them to miss the opportunity to be a part of the services and the resulting time with extended family. Remember to pray for those who serve in other countries and pray for peace with the things they miss.

-I have been wrestling with a lesson I learned this week as I shared at one of my Dad’s services last week. I will write about it later this week.

Here’s hoping that you will encourage someone today.

 

Dennis

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About dennyowens

I am a pastor, writer, and coach who is seeking to encourage people to follow Jesus and regain hope. I am a husband to a wonderful wife and helpmate, a father to great kids who are following Jesus and a grandpa to the greatest grandkids in the world. I have been a coach for many sports and a coach to a few pastors as well. I love sports, love to read, love to fish and love to do anything with my grandkids.

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