Have you ever noticed that just when you decide to make a focused effort on something it seems that obstacles suddenly appear in your path? In response to my e-mail last week dozens of you replied that you were ready to return to the Lord and the church. Your stories were encouraging and heartfelt. Many of us realized what is always true; if we are not making an effort to draw close to the Lord we are actually moving away. If you were one who resolved last week to return to the Lord in worship you encountered a load of snow in your path. Thou we must admit an extra warm Wednesday evening and Sunday morning at home was cozy, we find ourselves a week later and no closer to accomplishing our goal of returning. I pray that perhaps you were able to return to the Lord through prayer, devotion, or even fasting. Still, our feet are not yet "within the gates". Well friends I offer to you, on this prayer Wednesday, encouragement from the book of Hebrews. The author, like us, knows that actually returning to the Lord, and staying on the path he calls us to, is challenging. In order to experience the closeness and renewal we desire we must persevere and stick with the journey. Resolve today to stay on track with your prayers and devotions, and resolve to return to worship as soon as the forecast allows.
"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most High Place by the blood of Jesus... let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us for a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together."
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Please keep in your prayers today:
All who are living with cancer
Those who are undergoing procedures
Those who are battling with the flu and other illnesses
Our young people as they discern the invitation to participate in confirmation and new studies.
Increasingly eager to worship with you!
Pastor Jenny & Pastor Scott