Yesterday was a day full of highlights. Some as a church. Some because of God taking over worship. Some of a personal nature. As for my musings …
-I got caught up in several things this morning and this afternoon and nearly forget to put my musings out there today.
-Yesterday a youth worship team from another church in our denomination came and led worship for us. They were helping us out while my wife is recovering. This group of high school students were outstanding. They were very good musically. But what was outstanding was their spirit. They worshiped, and they led us in worship. Our congregation responded in a great way. They were a great blessing to us.
-There was a great spirit of anticipation as the service began. Then the atmosphere shifted into a time of intimate and impactful worship. Then it moved into a time of listening to the spirit. Finally, it moved to a spirit of response to God’s leading. Wow, God did great things in this place yesterday.
-A dozen or more people stood as a statement of commitment to take the next right step in their difficult circumstances. They made that commitment with the understanding that they were saying yes to God’s direction even if it doesn’t go the way they hope.
-My wife came to worship today, 11 days after double knee replacement surgery! She ditched her walker a couple of days ago, walking with either a cane or nothing. She is doing incredible.
-Our attendance was better, but of course the visiting worship team helped that number.
-We had snow on Wednesday and the grass was mowed on Saturday. That is crazy. The last 3 days have been great weather.
-I have been communicating with several people this week who going through some very, very difficult circumstances. My prayers have been full of pleading for these friends. I count it a privilege to pray for them and try to encourage them. At the same time, it is agonizing lifting up people you know who are going through such tough stuff.
-I have learned a lot while helping to care for my wife over the past 12 days. She is tough. We have an incredible support system with our church and family. Prayer really matters. Nurses are superheroes. It can be frustrating not being able to do more for someone who is recovering. I am not as good when my wife is out of commission.
-I think I have gained several pounds since my wife came home from the hospital. The people of our church planned to bring in some meals for us. The meals that came were more than one meal. People who were on the list to bring us food still brought us food. Our daughter made a few meals for us and froze them while she was here last weekend. We still have leftovers from a couple of meals. We have at least 3 more days of food in the freezer. Plus, some of them brought pies, candy and other sweets. Everything has been very good, and I have done my best to finish it all.
-We had a couple of new people in attendance yesterday.
-There is a stirring in our congregation. There has been visual evidence with people coming forward or standing in response to the messages. There have been some great conversations as people are sharing what they sense God is leading them toward. There has been a tangible feeling of the power, and presence, of the Holy Spirit in our services for the past month. I don’t know what is coming, but I am excited to be a part of God’s move.
Here’s hoping that you are sensing God’s presence and power in your life.