Brrrrrrr

Published on Jan 23rd, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Brrrrrrr

How many r’s are you supposed to put after the “B” in order to truly represent how cold it is? If you only put two r’s it looks like this, brr. Now, that doesn’t seem so cold. But if you put too many r’s, brrrrrrrrrr, it looks silly. I went with seven because it just seemed to look right and it is the number of perfection. Is it perfectly cold outside? The cold and the snow caused us to call off Wednesday Evening Prayer Service last night. It is very difficult to plow our gravel parking lot and it is pretty expensive. It just seemed to be a little dangerous for people to be walking around the property at night. I was told it was a wise decision. I guess I agree; but I was pretty bummed. I love having service in those kinds of conditions. Want to know why? (I am going to tell you either way so say yes and make us all feel more comfortable.)

I love having church when it seems wiser to stay home due to weather conditions. When people come to those kinds of services, they have gone through a process to decide if they are going to come or not. They do not come out of duty or habit. They come because they really want to come. It is just like when they were first saved. Each week was a decision to be obedient or not. After a while these decisions become automatic as they become a good, godly habit. This is a gift from God that allows us to continue to grow spiritually. A good way to think of this is to think of what it would be like if you had to think through tying your shoes every morning. It would take you forever to get dressed if you had to relearn how to tie your shoes, how to brush your teeth, how to button your shirt, etc. God gives us the gift of habits so we can build upon those and continue to grow. But these weather-hindered services allow us to make coming to church a new act of obedience. The spirit and excitement in those kinds of services is amazing. People come in excited that they made it through the snow. They are happy to see other “crazy” people who also decided to brave the elements. They do not usually worry about what they are wearing as boots and parkas are the accepted dress. They know that we may be short staffed that day so any kind of music will do. Their hearts are ready to hear from the Word of God because they could just as easily have been home, but they truly wanted to come to hear from God. It reminds me of Revelation 2:4, 5 “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first…” I guess that is the best way to describe it…the service is like having a whole group of new believers who are there because they have chosen to love God and his church when the safer decision was to stay home. We played it safe this Wednesday but we missed the excitement of that kind of service. Bummer.

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