Good Folks, it is Friday, September 6, 2019. Temperature in Duncanville, HOT. Forecast for tomorrow, Just-as-HOT!
A timeless scripture text from Ecclesiastes 3:1 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
You might or might never have paid attention to the colon marks after the word “heaven.” The writer of Ecclesiastes did this on purpose for grammatical purposes. The point being, a list begins. We have read the list and heard it countless times. What I enjoy is changing the list by adding current life events.
A dear soul to the church, Joyce Thrash, was running an errand that brought herself and Jim to the church office. As I walked Jim back to the car, Joyce mentioned that, “It takes a whole church to get me to church.” Her words became etched in my mind.
I can clearly remember my father driving all his family to church on Sunday morning. At sixteen years of age, we had our own vehicle and drove ourselves to church. And I have been blessed by God to be able to do this for the last 49 years. And there have been times when I would go pick up a church member in my car. Remembering that my father drove a yellow school bus owned by the church to pick up church members.
Remember the African proverbs, “It takes a village.” Read what quora.com says about this — Apparently this truism, ‘It takes a village’ to raise a child is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment…
Well, it takes a church for some folks to get to church. And that is okay. How can we work together to offer folks a ride to church? Church meeting? Book study group? Chapel? Sunday School? Grocery store? Haircut/beauty salon? Home Depot and Tom Thumb… the list is endless…
It takes all of us to help all of us get there… Wherever there is.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (email@example.com)
“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NRSV)