Today at Creekside’s family gathering for worship, I and my family experienced an incredible event. You know the Sunday drill at your church. It’s probably much like our “normal” Sundays. There is an expected amount of songs, maybe a video or two, likely there are prayers, Bible readings, communion, and an occasional testimony–all followed by a sermon where the minister or pastor stands and delivers a twenty to thirty minute speech about God. The day is then over and you race to the lunch table somewhere.
Today was different at Creekside. All week long our family has had one tough thing to deal with after another. You’ve read about some of those things in mine and Ellen’s blogs before this one. When I got the church building today, my mind was racing about what I would say. I didn’t want to “fake it” and just present a sermon that was cold and without the “realness” of a true word from God.
All week long I had tried to write something down to say to the church family, only to have my mind go blank. I had struggled with what to say and so I made a decision. I decided to be honest with the family and let them into our pain. I talked about the grace of God and how He is he only hope, but that this week I really felt hopeless.
I am amazed at our church family. I learned that we were not the only ones who had a rough week, but many had. I listened as others shared about struggles. Allowing them into our pain was something that ministered to them. We learned a valuable thing today. We can lean on one another. We had many visitors and I was somewhat concerned about how they would feel. One man told me that he learned that we were not just a church, but we were a family.
More than anything I learned how God can work through us for one another. I went to the meeting today with an empty cup. A cup that I tried all week to fill with doubt. I was reassured in my faith walk today. My cup, as well as my family’s, was filled with the strength of my church family. Through the Holy Spirit, they gave us the measure of encouragement that we needed to get through this week.
I just wanted to share that with my blog family who also has given us so much encouragement this past week. Thanks for letting us share with you.