This morning, my arms felt tired, my hips, shoulders and back hurt from Fibromyalgia, and my left foot hurt from an accident in 2010 where it was broken in seven places. Overall, I just felt tired, and almost cancelled.
I pushed through, and at church we all sang hymns of praise, worship, and love to the Lord, and I was feeling better already! There were announcements for requests of prayer needs, so I was able to serve the Lord in this regard. Then, the Pastor belted out a sermon that was very enlightening, about the Holy Spirit.
Thereafter the service, my Christian friends and I decorated the luncheon area with bright colors for Spring. During the course of this, I experienced loving kindness from many congregation members. I was also able to go by God’s commandment to fellowship and show love…by being a good listener, in empathy to some of the congregation members and their serious problems, such as health issues and the passing of loved ones. Each week, it’s always hard to say good-bye to such kind and warm people.
Due to the fact that I was out of the house and near a shopping district, I then went shopping for food. At the grocery store, I met a sales associate named Pat, and the peace of the Holy Spirit came upon us both in an incredible way! We talked on and on, as if we were old friends, and she prayed for my left foot with an immensity of faith. I prayed for her knees, which had cartilage issues, and we comforted each other with encouraging words.
We had a conversation that no one would want to end, consumed in the Spirit of God. We both had a relative past of divorce issues, and it was therapeutic to talk about our similar troubles. Pat was at work, so I had to leave her to her duties. We exchanged contact information and promised that we would meet for lunch in the near future.
Clearly the Lord brought Pat and I together. And I know if I would not have gone to church, I would not have met Pat. I realized a great lesson, that even when I am feeling down, it made me feel better to GO TO CHURCH!
1st Epistle of John
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.