Saturday, October 6, 2007

Can't Wait for Tomorrow

I can't wait for worship tomorrow. Why? Tomorrow is communion Sunday, and I am always motivated to worship as we reflect on the immense sacrifice our Savior offered for our lives. You see, worship is first and foremost a response on our part; a response to who God is and what He has done. I don't think I will ever come close to understanding the full depth of Calvary.

It was a good week, but Thursday and Friday were tough for a number of reasons, but mainly because I miss my Mom. It is surreal, thinking that I no longer have a Mother alive on this planet. It brings a sense of loneliness that is something I haven't experienced before. I share this because this, too, is another reason I can't wait for tomorrow. You see, when I take time to remember and reflect on the cross of Christ; namely, the "blood," I am forced into a heart of total thankfulness.

I just read a story about a man who was walking by a swimming pool and noticed an infant in the bottom of the pool, lifeless. The man jumped the fence, dove into the pool, rescued the young boy and resuscitated him, and returned him to his Mother who was appropriately thankful. That's what Jesus did for each of us.

"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." (Col 1:13-14)

"Without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness." (Heb 9:22)

Tomorrow we are showing a short video about the blood of Jesus the kind of helps to put things in perspective. We will then take some time for silent reflection on what Jesus has done for us, followed by us singing Matt Redman's "Nothing But the Blood." I need tomorrow...and I am convinced that as I again reflect on the Blood, the Sacrifice, I will be lifted out of the pit and will respond in worship. I miss my Mom, yes, but I am also "home-sick" - home-sick for heaven, and grateful for the promise that I will soon be there.

soli deo gloria
To God Alone be the Glory

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