Last Sunday was a full day. The attendance both morning and evening were at max due to the allowed numbers as per the guidelines. It was a great Sunday in the Lord's house with those of like precious faith. We have a happy congregation and I read Psalm 4 at the commencement of the morning service. The following verses inspired us to so worship.
Psa 4:7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
Psa 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Then I prayed for all to have happy hearts in the house of the Lord. To the boys and girls, I told the story of the wise man who built his house upon the rock. I think moms and dads got the message too that we cannot just talk the talk of being a Christian, we must also be doers of God's commands and obedient disciples of Christ to enter the kingdom of the Father.
Last Sunday my wife and I spoke with our son in Toronto who is taking his turn in the ICU at Toronto General Hospital. I was glad to know that the number of seriously sick people with COVID-19 has been going down.
I also had a call from our dear sister Arlene who has been in hospital through this lockdown. Surely, the very worst place to be in these times is the hospital. The place that is to heal can be a killer. We have to say, though, that the doctors and nurses do amazing work while they live with the threat 24/7 in and out of their shifts. Pray for Arlene that she will be well enough soon to go home after 8 months in hospital.
One of our churches suffered a great tragedy last week. A mother of a grown family and of many grandchildren drowned while on vacation. Pray for her husband, Jerry, who survives his dear wife. He serves as an elder in the Trinity FPC church in Alabama.
God's ways are certainly mysterious and His time to call his child home to glory would not be ours, but we can be sure that the all-knowing and the all-wise God has a perfect plan for that family. One day, and possibly sooner than we may think, we will know the reason why. Remember how the Lord Jesus said in John 13:7, "What I do thou knowest not now, but shall know hereafter." Praise God for the hereafter when the final chapter is written. Then we will know even as we are known. Then we will have total gladness in our hearts.
Let us pray for happy hearts ourselves and pray for the sorrowing that they too will have glad hearts in knowing the Lord and that their names will be written in heaven. That is true gladness.
What about it friend? Is your name written in the Lamb's book? If so, be glad every hour of every day that you are saved and will never be in hell. If not, go to the Lord for mercy today and be saved. Romans 10:13
My wife, Beulah, and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary this week. We are truly thankful for the Lord's blessings to provide and to guide us through life all these years. With five children and fifteen grandchildren, we count each other as a blessing from the Lord and look to Him to keep us all in His love and care.
May the Lord bless you with joy and gladness in your soul as you walk with Him.
Pastor Ian Goligher