Tuesday, October 11, 2011
That’s a picture of our church that I love because of the rainbow, though it doesn’t show much of our building.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (Psalms 122:1 KJV)
And, we really are glad to be there – both Beloved Husband and I enjoy the services. Our attendance has been somewhat sporadic, though, during and since his diagnosis with Myasthenia Gravis. Sunday morning we made it through a combined Sunday School – instead of our regular classes, we met together in the sanctuary to hear missionaries, as part of our focus on missions this week.
This disease affects nerves, disallowing muscles to work properly, and it becomes (very literally!) hard for BH to hold his head up. His eyelids droop until they cannot be opened, but must be held open. When the pain becomes a distraction, not only to him, but to those around him, we either do not attend, or leave between services. Sunday, we left after Sunday School.
I regret that, but not with guilt. God knows. He knows where our hearts are, and He knows how much we love Him. He knows we are grateful, because we tell Him. We do not approach Him in anger, either. While there are physical frustrations, we know that these are temporary, He is eternal and has promised the same to us.
That, in return from so little from us. I like the way it is described of King Josiah:
And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. (2 Kings 23:3 KJV)
We do that today, stand before the congregation and give our covenant before the Lord regarding His book. The book is quite a bit longer than in Josiah’s day for we follow the teachings of Jesus, of whom John said:
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29 KJV)
The day will come when neither one of us can sit in God’s house and hear the preacher’s words. Doesn’t matter, for the day will come when we live in God’s presence and hear His words. When that day comes for you, too, stop by and spend a millennia or more sharing our love for our Lord.