Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
Thought for the Day: Learn to be an example of Christ’s love.
Last night was a special night at the Campmeeting we attend in West Tennessee. The worship included singing gospel hymns, wonderful prayers, a great choir from a local Baptist Church, a fantastic sermon (again), and a piano/marimba duet by our musicians. Throughout the worship service, I had foremost in my mind that this was the last campmeeting worship service this year for Mrs. Alice to play the marimba. Her daughter, sweet Patty, is about to have a baby so Mrs. Alice and her husband, Ed, were about to travel to California to be with her. The service was awesome and many gathered in the Tabernacle afterwards to share time and conversation with each other. There were hugs given, conversations, prayer time, and mainly a gathering. Then, there was movement in the chancel area that quickly drew my attention. A group of men were moving the marimba off the platform to load it into an awaiting truck. I found my heart sink for a moment and then tears began welling in my eyes. My first sight was the empty space and then my thoughts went to Mrs. Alice. That was when I truly realized that Alice, one of the most bubbly and happy examples of how to be a child of God, was leaving campmeeting. How I will miss her sweet spirit throughout the rest of the week. How I will pray for her travels to see her daughter and her new grandbaby!
As we go through life and remember all of the examples of Christ who live among us, many stand out as being faithful servants. There are those who can say prayers in such a way that brings those in a room into a moment of divine conversation with God. There are those who can preach and draw people to that special time of worship. There are those who can play musical instruments that make you close your eyes and feel God’s presence. Then there are those, as Alice, who smile and laugh in such a way that brings those nearby into a love that shines as brightly as a sunbeam. We are blessed to have these great examples of Christ. Today, I remember our great examples of Christ who are with us now and who have gone before, and I say “Thank you” to God for the wonderful gift He has given us through them.
Prayer: God, thank you for those dear examples you have placed in front of us to teach us how to live. There is a great cloud of witnesses who have lived before to bring us where we are in our Christian faith, and there are those who are with us today continuing to show us how to live. Help us be examples of You for others. We love you! Amen.
Prayer Focus: Living Examples of how to be Children of God