One of the VW Microbuses we drove to church. My sister in the front and my mom behind.
I cried in church for years. Because of chronic pain, no money, and difficult relatives, my soul was not comforted except—when in church—I would focus on Jesus and His promises. He promised that He will never leave us of forsake us. He promised that all things would work together for good for those who love Him. He promised that He would come back and set up His kingdom on earth. He promised that when He lives with man on earth there will be no more war, or pain, and that He will wipe away every tear.
So as I sat in church I was comforted in spite of my tears. Because of growing up in a Christian family I knew that God commands us to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Also, Jesus told us to remember Him until He comes back with the cup and the bread. How can someone do this if he doesn’t attend church? Additionally, my parents set an example of putting God first each Sunday. They got the whole family to church, although many times late. (My husband called them the Slowells instead of the Stowells.) So, I went to church. I prayed, cried, and asked God for a way of escape. In His mercy God answered.
In a series of small steps, which involved moving many times, we had wonderful relief from the money problem and the relative problem. God rescued me and did above and beyond anything I could ask for or imagine.
Now, if I cry in church, my tears are dried quickly because I remember that God is faithful. He treats me as His dear child. He is a generous, and gracious, God.
I am reminded to tell others to show up each week for a worship service by this blog—“Any Given Sunday.” Click here to read.
When the Apostle John wrote Revelation he wrote this; Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to cloth herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
Attending church is a way to get ready for the Marriage Feast we shall have some day with Jesus. Come as you are and He will give you soul food!