Sunday, May 20, 2007

Country Churches

Today Dick and I took Mom to church in the hometown in which she grew up, and the same church in which Dad was pastor for several years. She was so welcomed and loved by the ones who remembered her, and several remembrances of Dad were passed along to her of messages he had preached, or lessons he had taught. As my parents' oldest daughter, this show of affection and admiration of my parents was very touching and heart-warming.

There is something special about country churches. They usually consist of a small congregation in number as they are located in very small populated communities. However, there is a bond because everybody knows everybody from the time they were little and the memories of times past are very similar. They share a closeness that I think is often lost in a congregation with big numbers of people. They know all about you and love you anyway with the love of Christ in their hearts!!!

The Sunday School lesson was excellent this morning and taught by a man who had been a member of the church for years. His enthusiasm and love of the Word of God was very evident and he blessed many by his knowledge and desire to share the Word with those in the congregation.

I've always noticed that country churches always have the best singers and pianists you can find anywhere! The harmony and Southern-style singing of the good old gospel hymns is invigorating and inspiring. What comes out of the mouths of the teachers, singers and pastor is a clear declaration of their love of the Lord, and the warm hugs and welcomes from the congregation is enough to make your heart soar! Their number may be small, but their hearts are bigger than life!

It was good to be in the house of the Lord today, to hear the gospel taught so clearly and simply, and the love of the Lord shown so humbly and personally by those present.

"This is the day the Lord hath made, rejoice and be glad in it!"

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.." Hebrews 10:24-25a

I was encouraged today---I trust you were, too, by your church family!


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