I was leaving the church hall after showing an electrician the exit signs in the absence of the priest who was attending his dad, recovering from surgery. He was interested in knowing what we had and possibly wanted to get an idea of the job at hand. I had met him previously, he was no stranger to me.
He spotted a flyer on one of the tables announcing an upcoming car show, in which our local hospital will be featuring, as a fund-raising event. I asked him if he had attended our recent festival, as we also had some wonderful cars on display. Unfortunately, he remarked, he tries to stay away from events which serve alcohol as much as possible, explaining that he has been sober for two years. I told him we all have problems and so we, at our church do not judge. We fall down and we get up again. That's why we go to church, and the one thing we both agreed on was that we cannot do it alone. Humbled, we stand before God, relying on His mercy.
Without God, we cannot do anything. God knows our shortcomings and still loves us. Our maker welcomes us, "in complete intimacy". He is happy and joy-filled, eager to see us come forward and, steps up to greet us with an embrace. Showering us with all goods things because we are His. He is the Light throughout any storm or circumstance, we are His child.
Are you ready to stand before Him and call Him, Father? Like an invitation in the mail, what will you do? Toss it aside? Regard it as important and respond immediately as instructed, or will you ignore the R.S.V.P., or perhaps reply just in time?
Why put it off? Perhaps you are fearful of discovery? Too late, nothing is hidden from Him. What you should know, is that He eagerly waits for you to come to Him. The invitation has been extended. How will you respond?
Almost A Minyan
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