So on this Sunday, the third and final day of the Blizzard of 2016, I did something I usually do not do on a Sunday: I stayed home. And let me say this–staying home on a Sunday left me empty. People can yap and complain all they want about church-goers and hypocrisy but they miss a deeper point. We need each other and being in a holy place together on a weekly basis goes a long way to resolving the issue of hypocrisy. It may not cure it, but it blunts it. Besides, you can’t talk about hypocrisy unless there is some standard of holiness and justice.
What do people do on Sundays? Laundry, grocery shopping, shoveling snow, watching way too much television and maybe a football game with talking heads and politics thrown into that drab mix. What a formula for cynicism and despair.
Keeping Sabbath–worshipping in communion with others on a specified day of the week where we rest from work and contemplate the gift of our lives–that is remarkably energizing and empowering for a meaningful life. I missed singing with you, praying with you, hearing the Word of God read and declared in our midst. Didn’t you? And if you haven’t been to church in a long time or ever, then you don’t know what you’re missing. The snow day is over, let’s come together for sabbath rest and empowerment this coming Sunday, January 31st. The Holy, Just and Loving God of Jesus Christ stand guard over us and give us peace. ~See you Sunday