Sunday, January 8, 2012

A household of God

12:15 a.m. Today's project was to attend 1st service at our church, which begins at 7:45 a.m. Since we normally attend the 9:45 service, allowing us to enjoy a leisurely morning, this one-time switch would require getting up at 5:30 and moving at a quick pace!

The reason we had to go early was that our guest Jung had  plans with friends at 10 a.m., so that gave her a chance to visit Calvary Chapel with us. We agreed that she would be ready to go at 7:30 when we said goodnight last evening.

I texted our caregiver to see if he could come to help Steve at 6 instead of 6:30, but I knew I'd need to get Steve's vitamins and meds started as soon as I was showered and dressed. Then any shower, shaving and dressing help would be needed and welcome as always. Of all the days to be a couple of moments late, I mentally groused...I had Steve started in his shower when I heard the doorbell ring and Jada barking furiously from the garage. I guess Andrew had arrived a few moments before, but the shower upstairs had drowned out the noise. Well, praise the Lord, because of his help I was able to carry on my devotions and get the kitchen lined up for everyone's breakfast. This morning reminded me of the Proverbs 31 woman with her busy household! (v. 15)

She rises while it is yet night, 
and provides food for her
And a portion for her

Thankfully, for this home executive, this pre-dawn routine won't become a daily necessity!

We did have fun while eating breakfast, watching our son Kriss' video of his King Charles cocker spaniel playing Keep Away with a piece of Styrofoam packing material as if it were the most wonderful treasure imaginable. (Kind of the way a two-year-old focuses on the wrapping paper on Christmas morning)!All went smoothly, and we were actually out in the garage just after 7:30!

Steve's caregiver had warned us about the fierce wind that came up this morning on the 60 freeway west down to our house. By the time we left, it was a clear, bright morning, and the blowing was not quite as strong, so the Jeep didn't give me any worry, not being pushed at all by the wind. On arrival at church, I had a choice of parking spots, but didn't want to take a chance of driving further to the handicapped spaces, and then have to drive all the way around the sanctuary if the spots were taken. (O me of little faith!) Steve was walking all right this morning, so the three of us made it to the foyer during the first song. Jung and I were greeted by hugs from the Joy Splashers, gals whose ministry is to hug each and every one of the ladies who enter. Jung was happily surprised. Our women's ministry takes quite seriously the admonitions from the closing of Paul's epistles to the Romans, Corinthians and Thessalonians, and Peter's first letter, to greet other believers with a "holy kiss". (But most of the time it's just a warm, loving hug).

We had a fine message from Pastor John on being a "member of the household of God," as mentioned in Ephesians 2:19:

Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God... 

Very apt message for our little trio as we heard that there are no ethnic, national, gender or economic differences between believers in Christ--we are united in one Body. I can state with a great probability of accuracy that Jung was the only one in the sanctuary following the sermon in a Korean Bible, but she was as much a part of the congregation as anyone who comes every week.

Each believer listening and learning  at our church by the power of the Holy Spirit this morning has an equal standing with Jesus--and that gladdens and refreshes my heart for today, tomorrow, and for all eternity!

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