2 Corinthians 2:8
I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.
Pastor Wallace tells the story of a middle-aged couple, Bob and Gail, who regularly attend services in one of his former churches.
Several weeks into his ministry there, Wallace notices that while Gail participates in the prayers and hymns, Bob sits or stands stoically. Silently.
Never moving his lips in prayer. Never lifting his voice in song.
And, naturally, he is curious about Bob's behavior. Decides to, as genially as possible, confront him about it.
Wallace catches up with the two one Sunday after service as they are getting into their car.
"Wait up there a minute, Bob," he shouts and waves as he runs toward them.
Bob straightens up behind the open car door.
"What can I do for you, Pastor?" He asks sternly. His jaw is set. His eyes, emotionless.
Wallace senses that the waters are icy, but takes the plunge anyway.
"Just wondering about something, Bob," he says. "I see you and your wife here faithfully every Sunday. She seems to enjoy being here. But, it doesn't look to me like you are getting much out of it."
"What do you mean by that?" Bob's voice has a definite edge.
"Well, my friend, I never see you pray. Never see you sing. People that come to church are usually eager to participate in worship. Because, worship is all about telling the Lord how much we love Him."
Bob's eyes narrow.
"I told Jesus I loved Him when I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. That's plenty enough telling."
"C'mon, Bob," Wallace cajoles, "certainly you don't mean that. Why, I'm sure you tell Gail here on a regular basis that you love her, don't you? So, why not tell the Lord regularly?"
"I told Gail I loved her the day I asked her to marry me. That's plenty enough telling."
Without another word, Bob gets into his car.
Gail follows, but not before Wallace sees the dark, deep wells of sadness that are her eyes.
Whom will you reaffirm with love today?
Will you join me in prayer?
Let us show and tell others we love them every day, Father. May the love You have for us shine through us always. May our prayers and praises we give to you say, again and again, how much we love You. Amen.
Psalms 55 or 74
2 Corinthians 1:28-2:11
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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