As I sat alone in church this morning I couldn’t help wonder why there are so many empty pews? Yet deep inside I knew the reason. The faces that I had grown to know and love had gone home to their eternal resting place.
Even though for years we knew this transition was going to take place that doesn’t make it any easier in which to deal with. The reality is that there are more on the way and one of them could be me!
It’s been over 20 years since I first took a step into this place. Sure there have been good times and bad but it’s still home and it will be until I take my final breath.
Walking into church this morning a friend of over 2 decades approached me. Through the years I have learned that when that happens either he wants me to do something or he has bad news. In what is becoming really disturbing it was bad news. Once again a long-time friend had gone to be the Lord. One of the things about growing old is that you start to lose friends of many years. The last time I saw him we had a warm embrace and we spoke those words that we had said so many times. We didn’t care about any virus “I love you, brother” was so much more important to us. Besides me losing a brother the church lost a man who was one of those people who you would turn to do things and he never asked for credit. In any dictionary for the description of humble his picture should be the only one next to it.
So goodbye old friend I will always love you.
As the night goes on a fiddler piercing sound brings a smile to your heart and inner laughter that only you can understand.
However, in life, there are untold millions who play different kinds of the fiddle. This fiddler lives with an agonizing sense of not being good enough. For me that has been my life since the day I was born with my grandmother made it widely known that my older brother was the only grandchild she wanted. Being number two of what would become 17 grandchildren that would be reinforced time and time again. Through all of this, my father was in law enforcement and of course, the general public needs would come first. That is not a knock against my father. In what became a common thread in our household my mother and father would have “discussions” he would always say ” what about Mike”? My mother’s response was ” he will be ok”. Frankly she was wrong and still is to this very day.
Then many years later I met the love of my life and she was ( as still is) an RN and of course, patients come first and that will never change.
What you develop is a sense that you are not good enough every time some puts other things before you it is just another bold sign that you are not good enough and your feelings do not matter. At this point in my life that will never change and like millions of others you just try and survive being told you will always play second fiddle and that is what truly breaks your heart!
Many claim that their faith is as solid as a rock. Of course they are only fooling themselves and that is dangerous! So that begs the question of just is what your faith based on and why? For way to many their faith is like balancing on their heads not knowing which they will fall?
The thing is even if you think you have your life in balance you are heading for an epic fall. There is no such thing as a totally balance life so why make the effor? Because we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Sometimes life isn’t nearly as complicated as we want to make it!
Ok, let’s get real about things about most of these politicians who promote their faith and values are being hypocrites. They call each other horrible names that they would never use in their personal lives with friends and families.
The reason they do it is actually is very simple. Satan is having a field day and is using these folks as a weapon in a battle he will lose in the end!
This happens regardless of your political beliefs or convictions. So no one is immune to it happening to them.
Country music star Bill Anderson sang a song many years ago called “Where Have All Our Hero’s Gone” and that song talks about men wearing a white hat. The thing is we don’t have men like that anymore. Men who could care less about how things could bother them politically.
So the hypocrisy continues and it will not change and Satan is laughing right along each and every day!
There is a very disturbing trend when it comes to the worshiping of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC) It’s like these folks walk on water and I thought Jesus was the only one who did that!
During a time of great moral decline, one would think that people would dive headlong into their faith and many have done so. The problem is that in a country of some 330 million people the numbers are minuscule in comparison to the vast majority of others who worship at the feet of the CDC. The scary part is that this is also very common within churches. One of the most common phrases today is ” We are going by the CDC guidelines”. Or in other words, churches have pretty much said that an organization that is secular in nature is in charge! What is wrong with this picture?
We can bellyache all we want but who is responsible for who and what we decide to worship?
The point here is that anytime you let organizations like the CDC dictate who you worship and in what form you are worshiping a false idol.
I understand that cultures need to have a basic set of norms to survive but at what cost? I suspect a very high one, to say the least.
Scripture is very clear on the issue that anytime you worship anything else but The Lord God Almighty you are worshiping a false idol. Plain and simple.
So people will continue to worship and the feet of the CDC and all along Satan just sits back and smiles.