A Word about the Blizzard…

Well, that was something! Hope you are safe and recovered from that historic storm.
Calling off church isn’t an easy decision, but I think we made the right call. What did you do with your morning? You know, there are times when I envy the Sunday brunch crowd. I have a lifelong habit of setting Sunday’s aside for gathering with the church. But there are days when I wonder….
So on Sunday morning I was basking in the leisure, trying not to curse the endlessly falling snow, and praying about the mysteries of nature and timing. Why a blizzard this weekend? I was really looking forward to our Merge Sunday. As my colleague, Pastor Hollis is oft heard to say, “How is God in this?” We certainly will try to reschedule that as soon as we can.
As the day wore on, I realized this (not for the first time); I missed the rhythm of the worshipping community. I don’t hold to a legalistic church attendance policy. Gone are the days when we awarded “perfect attendance” pins. Sometimes people apologize to me for “missing a Sunday”, and sometimes they just boldly explain “I don’t come if I don’t feel like it.” That’s what I was pondering yesterday: why any of us commit to family of faith, and arrange our Sundays (and other days too) around church life.
How would you answer that question for yourself? Here’s my honest, but incomplete answer: my life is better for the worship and relationship that happens on Sundays. Worship orients my life toward God. I get reminded every week that we, at Brookdale, are a smattering of wonderful created-ness. What a group! I get reminded and have evidence that God is active, loving, mysterious, good, and surprising.
So I thank God for the day off, and I thank God for our shared life. For whatever reason I tried to memorize these verses from Psalm 36 as the snow fell and the wind howled:
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
10 Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
See you next Sunday!