Last night was a good night. The kids were already on the couch prior to 8:30 for family worship. I’m not sure what prompted me but I just started thanking God for His grace. Hands raised to the sky, thanking God.
I sat down and we read Revelation 3. We didn’t get much out of it. Kristen handed me the Kindle and said “I read your mind.” So we read the next chapter in The Hope of Glory and it was much better.
Colossians 1:21-23 – And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds as expressed through your evil deeds, but now he has reconciled you by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him — if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, without shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
The devotion talked about “before” and “after”. Before you are a Christian you are an enemy of God and after you are reconciled to God. Kristen chimed in with “I remember before you were crazy like this.” I said “Do you now?” Yes, she does indeed remember. Before God touched me with His grace and opened my eyes, I was just such a man, an enemy of God. Praise the Lord for His grace. Then we talked about our “evil deeds” and how we increasingly live in a “don’t-you-dare-judge-me-or-my-lifestyle” society. Being a Christian is not an easy. Because we agree with what God says in His Holy Scriptures on what sin is, the world will hate us.
I know Blaine is sensitive to people and how they feel towards him because I am. (At least I perceive that our sensitivity level is a bit more than a typical.) So I got a little moment to talk about how he can use me as an example to help him be a stronger man of faith than I am. How he can be bolder and live with less fear towards people’s feelings towards him because God is with us. Upon reflection I should have talked about finding our strength in solitude with God and a few other things but it was a good moment.
Then we sang! I love to sing and as we sang this song by TobyMac, Kristen had to “shake” Blaine because he was just sitting there. Well of course now we all have to dance in our seats as we sing. What a joyous time worshiping and praising the Lord. Not all family worship nights are like this so I like to capture the memories of some nights that are good.