Why Go To Church


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A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper & complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

I’ve gone for 30 years now & in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time & the preachers & priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.

This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me & gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!

When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible & receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical & our spiritual nourishment! IF YOU CANNOT SEE GOD IN ALL, YOU CANNOT SEE GOD AT ALL! B. I. B. L. E. simply means: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

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Why Even Bother


Fred and Martha were driving home after church service. “Fred,” Martha asked, “did you notice that the pastor’s sermon was kind of weak today?”

“No, not really,” answered Fred.

“Well, did you hear that the choir was flat?”

“No, I didn’t,” he responded.

“Well, you certainly must have noticed that young couple and their children right in front of us, with all the noise and commotion they made the whole service!”

“I’m sorry, dear, but no, I didn’t”

Finally in disgust Martha said, “Honestly, Fred, I don’t know why you even bother to go to church.”

Excerpt from: ATTITUDE 101 by John C. Maxwell

Ida’s Gift


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When I was eleven years old, my grandmother Ida was dying from bladder cancer. I didn’t know that at the time, but I knew she was very ill. One day, a friend and I rode our bicycles over to her apartment to visit. She was lying in bed and not feeling well, and I was patting her arm and saying the things that I thought you should say, which was mostly, “Don’t worry grandma, you’ll be okay” Pat, pat.

She turned to me, took my hand and looked me in the eye. She said “No sweetie, I’m not going to get well. I’m dying. But it’s okay, because it’s part of life and I don’t want you to ever be afraid of it” And she smiled.

Two things happened. First, I was shocked that an adult would be that honest and open with me about a such a serious subject, and second, whatever fear I had about death vanished in an instant. I’ve never been afraid of it since and I am 61 and in very poor health myself. It was the greatest gift anyone could have given me up to that point in my life.

When she passed, she willed a diamond out of her engagement ring to me, and one to my sister, to be given to us on our sixteenth birthdays. My parents made mine into a pendant which I wore around my neck non-stop until I was about twenty-two. And then I was in the hospital for a chest x-ray and left it in the dressing room, not noticing until it was too late. It was gone, and I was devastated. I went home and cried my eyes out for hours. Then suddenly, out of blue, I felt her presence with me and the words “You don’t need the necklace for me to be near you” came into my left ear (that’s where I hear my higher self “speak” and no, I don’t hear voices….but they are loud thoughts). A calm came over me and I stopped crying. And Ida has been by my side ever since. I think she knew back when she told me not to be afraid, just how challenging my life would be due to a genetic tumor disorder that has, in fact, been difficult and horrifically painful for me for many, many years. But all I have to do is think of her, and she’s here with me bringing with her a calming peace. Sometimes, it takes years to see that something given years before was indeed, a great gift.

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