Well, I’m back! Actually, if you’ve been following the blog this weekend, you will know that I have been back all weekend. I was suppose to be teaming as part of an Emmaus weekend. If you are not aware, an Emmaus weekend is a wonderful time of spiritual renewal. I was sponsored by one of the couples in our church. Their daughter and son-in-law are also involved in our local Emmaus community and he plays and I mean he really plays the piano. He wanted me to come on this weekend to play bass. Because I am a member of the clergy, I was also asked to serve as an assistant spiritual director. All that came to a halt on Thursday night, when I found out that Pam’s mom was in bad shape. I returned home to be with Pam and be a comfort to her.
I really don’t know why, but I really don’t think it was meant to be this time around. What was nice is that I already had scheduled vacation time with Radioshack, so it was nice to have a long weekend and Pam and I and the kids enjoyed being around each other for the weekend.
Tomorrow, everything returns back to “normal.” Pam and I and her family are still in limbo regarding her mother. Today, we had a great service in my opinion. Twice a year, our church and other churches in our community face a challenge and that is something called NASCAR. Our sleepy little community on the Southside triples (at least) in size as people come to Martinsville for the race. This places a strain on the road system, but is great for our local economy. Actually, we pray for rain, so they will stay over an extra day. Native Virginian Denny Hamlin won the race today.
Several of our congregation had to work the race today in various capacities. It also throws a wrench in the works in trying to pick up our students. Despite all that we had a great service. As we concluded the congreation sang “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and did a great job. This afternoon we took our traditional drive through the NASCAR city. It really is interesting, despite the terrible weather we had here today. Sometimes I wish church people were as committed as NASCAR fans.
This evening we continued our study of the Ten Commandments; looking at #2 – No Idols. I felt like I was preaching to the choir tonight. We had a great discussion. I think I’m rested up and ready for a new week. Local Church Conference is coming on strong, so there are things to do to get ready for that and I’m leading worship at FLAME in a few weeks. Blessings and have a great week.