On this 31ST and final day of May of 2020 my church family – the children of the lady – met corporately in our sanctuary for the first time in 77 days – since 11 Sundays ago.
Our Lead Pastor Bob welcomed us and addressed us, and then the Praise, Worship, and Celebration began – led by our Worship Pastor Ben and our sister Shirley. After the first song I greeted my church body with help from the start of the 122ND Psalm:
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” And now here we are …
We continued to sing to our LORD, and then Pastor Bob preached his timely sermon on “The Church Under Attack”.
Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes – truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So He Himself stepped in to save them with His strong arm, and His justice sustained him. (Isaiah 59:14-16 NLT)
That Scripture sounds a lot like Sunday May 31ST 2020.
Following service I went to my other family at the workplace. We became an instant church family this afternoon, as we mourned and then celebrated the life of our beloved coworker who suddenly lost his life early this past Saturday morning while driving himself to the local hospital. I preached to my brothers and sisters – my coworkers – on this afternoon – barely keeping it together with sweat and tears covering my face.
God has our brother now. He will take great care of him. And our brother will root us on from up above, as we continue to fix the base and clean it up.
MORRIS ‘THE CAT’ MAXWELL – 29 February 1956 – 30 May 2020
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