Walk in the Rain

Walk in the rain that turned to storm

Some avoided this morning’s norm

No one out; the metropolis quiet

because of pounding rain, but we desire it.
Why out in the rain and not at home?

Did we not get the memo, stay out of the storm?

We knew the report, but we wanted to worship

So off in the rain we went to the church house.
Why walk in the rain when you could drive?

We couldn’t drive in our situation at this time.

Maybe a taxi, but it didn’t come to mind, 

so off in the rain our hearts sublime.
The destination worth it, the puddles unavoidable

Around each one we tried but wet was our stride

The pastor made comment of the weather amid,

“…also, a wonderful, dry room to worship in.”
How grateful he was and so were we

If work had called, we’d on time be.

So why miss assembly and worship a tree

Yes, a storm is on us, but we are free.
With lungs to breathe air, and eyes to see,

ears to hear tapping of wet moisture on me

It seemed such joy to be able to worship

A little rain, or a lot was not to disturb us.
Never should keep us from gathering or deter

So go to church, and be on time as it were.

A privilege that not all in the world can embrace

Be a Jesus freak, run and stay in the race.
The worshiping assembly is a joy of the Kingdom.

Make it a habit but not an agenda.

Don’t be one of those with no good reason

Go to church, worship Jesus, and live life in season.

©Valerie Rumfelt

2022

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

How to Have a Happy New Year!

For much of the country, it is cold outside. It seems fitting since it is winter on this continent. In Mississippi, it is one of a few days that should you own one, you could actually wear a winter coat, and perhaps scarf and gloves too. While most here might prefer days where a flannel shirt is adequate, we exist at this moment in the winter feel that begs for more covering and shelter. And what’s this?
A new year is here!
and on a Monday of all things!
My scripture writing this morning out of Isaiah 43 spoke of the idea of a new thing, a plea for me to perceive it,
new ways,
no more ruts,
look hard, yes,
I can see it.
That my friends is hope in the Lord.

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picture by Karen Balko

So, as we sit here at the edge of a fresh year, what are your hopes, to whom are they in? There is a song(see below) that speaks of putting our hope in YOU LORD all the day long. There’s a myriad of Bible verses on the topic as well.
So, as we begin this year, and I do like a slow, gradual start, I’m reminded of a quote I just read from a missions magazine…
“We often mistake the edge of the rut for the horizon.”
Please Lord, help me not make that mistake.
It is God that makes the new way.
So, if you are tired of the same, and tired of your ways, then you’re ready for God to show you a new path.
There’s nothing magic about a new year. God, the Creator of time as we know it now, has shown that He is very much concerned about the daily. But, for some reason, on this planet, we celebrate this passage of time.
Truly, it does call us to re-evaluate and set new goals and hopes. As I’m writing this, a message came on our ministry page from someone saying they plan to pray for Buried Treasures Home in 2018. That person is setting a worthy spiritual goal for the year and is an example of what can be done if Christians put their hope in God all the day long. Happy New Year!

Enjoy, a song for you~https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugD0i5Y3cw8

©Valerie Rumfelt