If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about worshipping at church, both in traditional ways as well as through music.
Knowing I had received that letter from the Baptist church where my friend from the past is the pastor now, I decided to go worship, there.
As I entered the church, I was met by someone I've known for quite a while. This person let me know that my friend, the pastor would not be there for the service.
He told me that pastor and his wife were in the USA. Why?
Well, they were attending his graduation. He received a Masters of Biblical Counseling degree.
Congratulations, T! I pray that God will bless you, not just for working hard to receive this degree, but also, for the work you do for Him.
Of course, I pray that God will provide traveling mercies for you and L!
This means that I will have to attend at least one (1) worship service there, again! Believe me, this is no problem for me. I enjoy being with that group of people!
As a result of the pastor being away, it turned out that my friend who told me about the pastor's absence led the service. He gave a great sermon!
I was grateful to have worshipped, there. Thank You, Lord, for leading me to that church group!
Something that struck my heart with joy, was that a young man referred to a Bible verse, as he led the music group. The verse was the same one I had used when I posted my LwL entry, before going to the worship service! Psalm 95:6...
It amazed me that great minds, think alike. :)
Once again, the group prayed for healing for me during the service. I must admit that I was shocked that so many people welcomed me back, and let me know they had been praying for me. I truly felt blessed. And, comfortable.
One woman, who had approached me in the past as if she knew me, was once again worshipping, there.
When she said 'hello' she hugged me, as if she has known me a long time. Her welcoming tone, seemed to reflect the same thing.
Yet, I didn't truly recall knowing her. Not in the past, and only through a meeting her a couple of times, recently.
However, today's conversation with her revealed something I hadn't realized. She knew me... or at least had known of me, for many a year.
Today, she asked me if I recalled who she was. I openly admitted that I was sorry I didn't recognize her. She told me her full first name, and didn't just use the short form I had heard within the church group.
Then, she let me know that she used to be the girlfriend of a fellow I knew, before he died. This now deceased fellow had been a mutual friend of both my now deceased husband's and his brother's.
My goodness, I was shocked to meet her!
I must admit that I didn't recall meeting her many years ago, but then, with time we all change in appearance. Possibly, I did.
But, she remembered me! And, my now deceased husband, Gordon.
She asked if I see Gordon's brother and his family. Sadly, I responded that I haven't seen them since his funeral.
A shocked look crossed her face. And, I could tell by her voice that this was upsetting to her. She let me know that she felt badly for me.
When she asked me why they don't have contact with me, it would have been easy to have spoken the truth, openly. But then, it would have opened the door for a possibly stressful situation. And, I didn't want that.
So, I just let her know that Gordon had been hurt many times over the years, by his brother. I also let her know that he forgave his brother, every time.
And, we reached out to them, whenever we could, including giving Gordon's brother and his family Christmas gifts. But, it seemed that the door for a true relationship, was always closed.
There was no way I wanted to go into detail. Not only would it have been upsetting to me, to recall such issues, but it would have also served to have conversation that I didn't think God would appreciate.
Thinking about this situation, reminded me of Proverbs 4:23-24, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee."
How grateful I am that I read God's Word. And, that He helps me to recall things that I need to know. Like how to respond in certain situations. Like this one I wrote about, today.
It amazes me, how God provides for me. Even when I find myself in an issue of life, like this one. A difficult situation to deal with, to be sure!
You see, I also went through an almost identical situation with someone else, recently. I had been asked virtually the same question, regarding the same person/people.
How thankful I am, that God has placed it on my heart to want to be obedient to His calling. And, I'm grateful that He has provided for me, in each and every circumstance, to be able to deal with the issue, as He would have me do.
Hallelujah! May He be glorified and honoured!
Until next time...
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