CHURCH VISIT # 5:
Church visit # 5 took place on 27 August 2006.
I have decided to take a rather liberal approach to numbering our church visits.
Church visit # 5 did not involve attendance at a regular church service at an established church building. In fact, the emphasis in this case was on "service."
Two weeks ago, dear friends called us early on Sunday morning. They were in distress because two close relatives of theirs had passed away within two hours of each other earlier that morning. We set aside our plans to attend a local church, and we got over to their house as soon as we could. We stayed with them, prayed with them, listened to them, cried with them.
I have chosen to include this as a "church visit" because I believe the action we took was certainly service. It was at that moment MUCH more important and meaningful to minister to the hearts of our loved ones than to insist on getting to a church service.
I believe too often we are enslaved to our notions of what we "should" be doing at a given time on a given day of the week.
"He whom the Son sets free is free indeed." (John 8:36)
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17)
"The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2)
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." (Galatians 5:1)