A Grace-Filled Sunday

November 4, 2007 at 12:26 pm 2 comments

I praise God for our worship service today.  It wasn’t overly emotional, but it was respectful that we were all dealing with public issues.  Leadership was gracious and real and amazingly focused to the tasks that needed to be done, all at the same time.  It is hard to allow for emotion and yet stay focused as leadership to the needs at hand, and such a blessing to see God’s grace at work in all that today. 

I must confess that I was not sure I could teach a children’s Sunday School class today.  Friday night I spend with my Dad.  Saturday morning was Super Saturday for the kids in Bowling Green, Saturday night, a birthday party for my precious Mother-In-Law whose knee has inflamed so much from serving funerals and such that she was back to her walking, too immobile to be out.  Today, I just wanted to escape.  But, I’m glad I did not miss the grace of God at work.

I find myself telling my kids that though today is Sunday, we must get some order to our home.  I usually don’t force that on Sunday and do any laundry myself and kitchen duties, if any.  That’s about it.  Today, we must all center back to family time and recover from the week…and perhaps we can play for their two days out of school Monday and Tuesday.  My daughter’s birthday will be Saturday, after another day out of town.  So, we must prepare now.  Many tasks.  One God of grace. 

Today, Lord, help me teach my kids the beauty of balance…in contrast to the perceiving mistake of “working on a Sunday”.  Yes, it’s all about that mysterious word “balance”…in that, we find rest.


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  • 1. Melissa Harper  |  November 4, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I’m so glad that you were the first face we saw when we joined the church today. Thanks for all the love and encouragement you and your family have shown us these past few months. We look so forward to serving God with such an awesome family of believers at 2BC! Love ya!

  • 2. theepiphany  |  November 4, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Balance…so many of those tricky doctrinal issues really come down to a balance, don’t they. Yes to both sides, choose somewhere inbetween.

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