A Church with a Heart for our Community

2018 April 26th Thursday

Greetings to you in the name of the One who was – who is – who is to come, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a beautiful morning to say – “This is the day that the Lord has made and I am going to be glad in it!”…and it is even made better considering the rain we were complaining about yesterday. I trust that you week has been a good one so far. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to put a song in your heart and to bring someone into your life today who needs to experience the love of God that you have in you to share with individuals like him or her.

I had a great day yesterday…arrived an hour early for an appointment – by my own mistake – and feeling a little grumpy only to experience a divine appointment with a young man who had also arrived too early, God seems to know how to work His plan. Then to meet a complaining individual in a gas bar…and be able to share a word of encouragement that had him smile, well grudgingly but still a smile. Next, a good prayer time with the prayer team before going to another appointment only to find that the office closed one half hour before I arrived.

However, all that was lost when I met friends for dinner and then a worship gathering featuring two men who sang out of their experience of the ‘ups and downs’ of their Christian journey. The evening was another divine appointment … sitting in a room of worshippers, sensing the presence of God – on one side of me was my beautiful wife and on the other side a new friend who I had just met. One of the comments mad by the guest leaders resonated with my heart – “here we are tonight, breaking down walls and building bridges through worship!” Amen to that! One of the guests, Paul Baloche, even shared an insight on the creating of a new song, as he worked from Psalm 51:12 …”restore to me the joy of your salvation – restore to me the joy of knowing you” …a new song being ‘birthed’ right before us!

It was a great concert – worship night and for me, my highlight was a song from Brian Doerksen called – “We cannot measure how you heal” – sung to the tune of “Ye banks and braes.”  The song was written by David Ball in the Iona Community in Scotland and contained some very moving words. The last four lines of the song caught my attention: Lord let Your Spirit meet us here – To mend body mind and soul – To disentangle peace from pain – And make Your broken people whole. I have a sense from the atmospher in the room that God answered that prayer in a big way.

Have a blessed day – enjoy the sunshine – give God the glory!