On Sunday mornings I am relieved to see the people of my flock. I am glad to spend time with you in worship or bible study. I pray for you by name throughout the week. I hold you in my heart and lift you up in intercession before the Lord. I am concerned about your spiritual and earthly well-being. Every Sunday I know whether you are there or not. I rejoice when you are there on Sunday and I miss you when you are not.
Some like to have a spiritual father who looks after his flock. You may not want all this attention and concern. But then I don’t have a choice. I was called to this by the LORD; to be a shepherd and carry his people on my heart.
And Sundays in our society is just another day. A day to work or a day to play. Another day in our hectic time.
“ and before we know it the year is half over and we are in July!”
So many of us keep ourselves so busy and hectic. Of course there is our work to provide for our needs. There is keeping our household together with all its chores. And we keep ourselves occupied with all kinds of other distractions too. With zooming from there to there we can lose sight of where our lives are going and before we know it the year is half over and we are in July!
The Bible is loaded with caution that we are not promised more than today and the life is but a vapor. As James 4:14-15 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Our faith leads us to deeper and clearer understanding of life on this earth. We are also learning about the eternal, never ending life promised to us.
Our time is a gift to us from the LORD. The gift of time from the LORD is so our lives can be lived to be a blessing. God is in control. He is the giver of life and the giver of everlasting life which comes after death.
As Christians our hope gives direction and purpose to every day of life. Our hope is in a life lived through Christ Jesus, which leads to eternal life with him.
Coming to worship on Sundays is about valuing and gaining the worth of our time. Worship is about luxuriating in the abundance of God’s time. This summer make time to value your time by celebrating the LORD who gives you time.
- I rejoice when I see you on Sundays.
- I miss you when you are not there.
- I hope to see you Sunday.
May the unfailing love of the LORD rest upon you as you put your hope in Him. (Psalm 33:22)
Your servant in Christ, Pastor Douglas
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