As we plod along, waiting for the all clear to resume out times together, there are things we miss whose longing only grows with each passing day. For me, on the top of the list of things I miss, is coming together as a church family. I am grateful that modern technology allows us to stay in touch via phone calls, texts, Facebook time, Marco Polo, and several other methods. However, these cannot replace the real thing.
That being said, yesterday I got pictures and a video of a baptism from one of our church families. I watched a young lady get baptized in a horse trough. I rejoiced at the images, praised God for another life that was committed to Him, and was thankful that I was able to witness from a distance. This morning I woke up thinking of those images and it caused me to sing in my heart while I enjoyed my first cup of coffee. Along with my heart singing came a thought, SLCC's doors may be temporarily closed to public gatherings but His church continues to move forward.
With that thought came the words of Jesus to Peter after Peter's words in Matthew 16:16, when he was asked who Jesus was. His answer was ["You are Christ, the Son of the Living God."] In regards to Peter's answer, Jesus said ["Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."] When a person get's baptized, they are confessing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. With that confession, we are reminded of the promise that Christ's church is an unstoppable force. Just as death could not hold Jesus, the circumstances surrounding us cannot stop the church from breathing, living, or growing.
This day, join me in rejoicing for the new sister in Christ we have and for the promise that His church continues to move and nothing can stop us.
Have a blessed day,