Friday, May 11, 2012

Standing Or Lying Down?

A Red Cross representative was contacting local churches for planning purposes in the event of a disaster. Answering the phone, the pastor said, “How may I help you?”

“I’m calling on behalf of the Red Cross,” she said, “and I would like to know how many people might be able to lie down and sleep in your facilities in the event of a disaster.”

Thinking for a moment about what might be possible, he responded with a smile, “I don’t know how many might be able to lie down and sleep comfortably, but I know that about nine hundred sleep sitting upright every Sunday morning.”

Sleeping in church is a byproduct for many tired Sunday morning worshipers. Whether it is a sermon that is not mentally challenging or spiritually stimulating or the result of insufficient sleep or rest is not the point. We go to church to worship God and recognize our need to gather together in His name. It is a period of time when we set aside things that concern us and focus on the greatness of our Creator - His holiness, power and grace and our unworthiness, our need for His grace and our dependence upon Him to meet our every need.

Gathering together for worship is our duty and responsibility and must be done in eagerness and excitement.

Prayer: Lord, may we enter into Your presence with praise and thanksgiving, coming together to honor Your goodness, grace and glory with thanksgiving. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.”

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