Going to church on Sunday
Always gives me inspiration:
A theme to carry with me
Through the week with contemplation.
Yesterday was no exception –
The message was one of love,
With 1 Cor. 13: 1-13 guiding
My connection with Above.
Our pastor, Mary Grace Reynolds,
Delivered a sermon with finesse,
Alluding to the “Tragic Gap”
That has our world in a mess.
Once upon a time she was
A chaplain in a trauma center.
A man was all alone there
Where she was told to enter.
Her presence felt quite futile –
Comatose and unhooked from life-support;
But she gathered her wits and recited
The Lord’s Prayer, knowing his life was short.
He may not have heard her petition,
But then again, who knew?
Maybe that prayer guided him
To the Lord – and Life anew.
Stealing herself against dismay,
Mary Grace spoke with assurance.
“You’re a beloved Child of God,
And He has issued us insurance.
The pain and hurt of life
Can be a place of great despair,
But you can ask and receive
God’s Grace… it’s always there.”
Mary Grace assured us, too,
That God’s strength is ours to claim
As soon as we believe and
Ask for it in Jesus’ name.
Never doubt that humanity
Can be changed forever more
For the better – in an instant.
Just knock at Jesus’ door!
Don’t accept the “Tragic Gap”
As a place we have to be.
The cavernous space between love
And a world of hate – is not for me!
Lead each other away from
That place of despair and hopelessness.
Be assured, there is a better reality.
Lead on to the road of wholesomeness!
In addition to the message of the sermon, I am inspired (sometimes to the point of tears) by the music. Yesterday the hymn that choked me up was this one – Pay attention to those words – they are powerful!
The verse that caught in my throat
was the one that made me think
of the #Bloganuary prompt
from a few days ago:
“How Are You Changing the World?”
Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around
through my sight and touch and sound in you, and you in me?
May your presence in this world
Be a source of peace and inspiration
To the people you encounter every day.
Close the “Tragic Gap” with your imagination!
Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.
I’ll see you tomorrow (God willing)
We are happy to be home –
and delighted to have the floors almost finished.
Also delighted to know there is a medication
out there to help Bob with his heart issues.
Again, thank you for your prayers!
(We await the insurance approval of the med.)
God bless you!