More Than A Feeling
“How long will you forget me, Lord…how long will you hide your face from me…But, I have trusted in your faithful love. My heart will rejoice in your salvation. Yes, I will sing to the Lord because he has been good to me.” (Psalm 13:1, 5-6, CEB)
There are many variations, but the basic question I sometimes get from people goes something like this. “If you weren’t a pastor, would you still go to church every Sunday?” I never hesitate…the answer is always, “Yes!”
Now before you start with the, “Oh sure, that’s what a preacher is supposed to say;” hear me out. I can say “yes,” for one thing, because weekly worship attendance at church was my life practice before I become a pastor. I made a mid-life career change into the formal pastoral ministry role in the United Methodist Church about 10 years ago now, but for my 40+ years before, weekly worship was always the norm for me and my family.
But it’s more than just a habit.
Sometimes the embrace of God seems so real in my life that it’s thick as the heavy dew on a muggy summer morning…other times life seems dry as a bone with God seemingly distant or nowhere to be found. That’s true even when I’m walking into church on Sunday morning. Either way, God’s faithful love and presence is a reality. Gathering with others for worship every week is just one way make a statement of God’s abiding love…regardless of whether I may or may not “feel” God’s presence.
I hope you’ll make that statement of faith this week in a worshiping congregation near you. Like the words above from the ancient Psalm writer, even when we may be asking about where God is, we can still truthfully say that “Yes, I will sing to the Lord because he has been good to me!”
Your partner on the journey,