Weekday Musings with Pastor Brian - 11/25
I find myself thinking on my message from Sunday… I saw someone pulled over on State Hwy. 22 yesterday. The posted speed-limit in that area was 45. What happened? If I were to guess, they were likely exceeding that. And think about it… you could go 55 or more in a 45 zone for days, even weeks, but then one day one of those pesky policeman types just happens to be there enforcing the law, the standard for speed in that area, and suddenly the day that the Lord has made isn’t so joyous… at least for you. Like what’s with that??
But think about it… In a manner of speaking isn’t that how many choose to live their spiritual lives. We violate God’s Word a little here, and maybe a little there; we say we’re not paying attention… or we’re busy… or a bit distracted… or we bring out the “Oh, I didn’t know” excuse; but then one day reality comes to roost, truth becomes manifest in our lives, and pow… the consequences aren’t so pretty… and aren’t so much fun. Oh… but like so many a speeder who was inconvenienced (like in time, money, and embarrassment), aren’t we prone to blame the one who “caught” us?
If you are a genuine - the real-deal follower of Christ, then the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart… He reveals truth… God’s truth. Are you paying attention? I hope so. Picking up the pieces of confused and messed up lives isn’t much fun, especially when it is your own. Being “pulled over” by our God is an act of His love for us, but it can be, and often is quite painful.
This week is a uniquely American Holiday, Thanksgiving. I read an article in World magazine this morning that kind of hit home, and had me nodding and grateful… Briefly, here is this holiday where we “remember to be grateful”, that is sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, two of the biggest money making holidays for retailers in America. As much as I love Christmas, I truly love this seemingly quiet, wonderful day, where gratitude for what God has done in my life and my family settles in. I fully get and seek to live out that gratitude year round, but there’s just something special about that day for me. I remember hanging out with my wonderful family at my grandparents (both sets over the years); and though they are gone, and my family largely scattered about, I cherish these wonderful memories. Do you know how truly blessed you are? Have you sat down and pondered the blessings God has given you… not least of which is an eternal home in heaven?
Sunday we get to put some of that gratitude into words and prayer. Sunday is our next Prayer Service. I will offer a shorter devotion; there will be children singing, and even a pre-Christmas skit; but the bulk of our time will be devoted to talking to our Heavenly Father, God, Savior, Lord. Our theme will “thanksgiving/gratitude”. Not very original, I’m sure, but something so very essential to our walk of faith in Christ. I pray you will join us.
Keeping Christ in our Christmas, we have some wonderful things coming up. Our Christmas “choir” will be joining the Praise Team on Dec. 7th. Christmas Caroling is just around the corner; are you up for it? Dave will have some sign-up sheets in the lobby this Sunday for those interested, along with some dates and destinations. Our annual Lottie Moon Christmas offering begins that coming Sunday. Lottie Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary who literally gave her life for the advancement of God’s Kingdom around the world. Each and ever dollar we give goes directly to help fund over 5000 SBC missionaries around the world. I love this offering!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be safe, relax some, and enjoy. Don’t come back resembling the popular turkey brand-name… Oh yeah… You know what I mean. LOL!
I love you lots, and am so blessed and grateful to be your pastor
Brian Harrison, Pastor
East Shore Baptist Church
6721 Jonestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112