The morning started out damp and dreary only to develop into downpours of rain throughout the day. Didn’t God know we were trying to do something good for Him? Didn’t He understand all the planning, negotiations, and downright hard work that went into this event? Now, what if no one shows up?
Those feelings and questions quickly dissolved in the mud puddles as car after car of Blainsport church family members and friends arrived for a time of prayer and blessing. Those involved in the event ignored the rain, only concentrating on the sorely missed faces of the church family.
“Showers of blessings” flowed from beaming, joy-filled faces. Everyone seemed to express a desire to come back together to be the church—a worshipping community of believers. Sure, the time away was a positive experience of personal reflection and prayer. Still, the reality of navigating life alone was unacceptable for them.
Twenty-eight cars, some with individuals, most with passengers, were greeted at the carport by the leadership team. The fact of the matter is that the leadership team came away from the morning more encouraged and blessed than words can describe. Some people shared how they feel so helpless without work or school. Waking up in the morning feels purposeless without performing the work they love, and being with the people, they know so well. Those who kept their jobs find everyday, unlike the previous day. There are new regulations or demands placed on them now.
Interestingly, amid the changes thrust upon them, people were happy and confident. The nightly news reports appear inaccurate after talking with these individuals. Everyone was making the best of these difficult days, and they all pointed to God for their strength and hope.
Let’s keep praying that God will not delay His compassion. Pray that He will remember us, His weak and needy people, according to His mercy. Ask Him not to forget the cry of the afflicted. Instead, granting us recovery and ultimately a cure for this disease. Pray that God will purify His people from our craving for prosperity and endless entertainment. Pray that God will stretch out His hand and awaken this perishing world to our great need for a Savior. And pray that God will receive much honor and glory through this unprecedented time, in Christ’s name.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Eric grew up in the little town of Gibraltar, PA with his grandparents. He met his wife Cheryl while working at Good’s Greenhouse in Bowmansville, PA. He has three adult children and values watching them grow into the people God wants them to be.