Monday, September 17, 2018

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Easy like Sunday morning??  What a LIE!  FAKE SONG   LOL  Whoever wrote that song did not have children to get to church nor were they a from a pastor's family!  LOL

Our Sunday mornings have to move with military precision.  Jon is at the prison at 8 am to do a service for the inmates.  Our nurses have shift change at 8 am and  there is the feeding of the cats and dog that are staggered so the dog is not out while the nurses change shifts.  Now on Sunday mornings our wonderful respite care worker comes to help me.  She gets here at 8 am too and gives Sarah a bath while I'm getting ready.   Then it's time for Sam's bath while I'm doing Sarah's hair.  Shad makes the beds.  Sarah eats breakfast (sometimes Sam and Shad if they want to but they haven't been lately) The whole time we are doing this-our nurse is getting Selah ready for church.  I try and leave at 9:30 so I'm at church by 9:45.  Shad gets the words on the screen for worship and then has Sunday School at 10 am. Jon comes back t 10 am and picks up Selah and her nurse.  (BTW the times are approximate except for MY times!!!!)   And then they head for church.  

So by the time I get to church I'm pretty done!  There are days I dread the whole process because it is a lot of work.  Some people would even question why we take the little kids- especially Selah but to me there is something very significant about being in church together as a family.  It's just the way it should be.  There are times I can grasp the enormity of the spiritual ramifications.  Today was one of those days.  

There was a slight glitch in the music selection.  Our music minster thought we had a missionary speaking and had tailored the music accordingly.  But we were off a week so he like me pick the songs since my birthday is next week.  I confess I LOVE Hymns- the old Pentcostal revival kinds.  So I picked  "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder",  "He's Coming Soon" -he'd already was going to sing one of my favorite songs "Leave it There"  Along with some newer songs- we try and do a mix.  

Anyhow as we were singing, the realization that one day our family will be in heaven together singing and worshiping really hit me.   Sarah is allowed on the floor to "dance" she spins on her knees and claps and she was so happy during the songs, sometimes I just know she understands in her heart what is being song about.  Sam was clapping.  It was precious.  

Then we sang the last hymn "Leave It There"  To me that song is sort of a guide to me reminding me to leave all my burdens with the Jesus.  It's always meant alot to me at various times in my life.  We changed the highlighted words in the chorus from- If you trust  and never doubt -to If you trust Him through your doubts 

Each of those verses speaks to me about various things we have gone through or in the case of the last verse will go through.  It reminds me of times when God provided financially for us.  It reminds me of times when God made a way through some bad situations.  It certainly reminds me of the many times He has been with us through sickness.  But it also reminds me that I have to take my burdens to the Lord and leave it there.  

Leave it there
Oh leave it there
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there, 
If you'll trust Him through your doubts, He will surely bring you out
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there

[Verse 2]
If your body suffer pain and your health you can't regain
And your soul is almost sinking in despair, 
Jesus knows the pains you feel, he can save and he can heal
Take your burden to the lord and leave it there

[Verse 3]
If your enemies assail and your heart begin to fail
Don't forget God in heaven answers prayer, 
He will make a way for you,  He wll lead you safely through
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there 

When your useful days are gone and old age in stealing on
And your body sinks beneath the weight of care
Jesus will never leave you then, He'll go with you to the end
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there

So in the chaos of this Sunday morning I was reminded yet again of God's faithfulness and the hope of Heaven!  It might have taken a bit of effort to get everyone there this morning but again it was worth it!