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A Lesson From the Piano Strings

For those of you who know the workings of a piano, you understand that the damper pedal moves the felt dampers off of the strings so that they will ring or vibrate when other strings are being struck by hammers as the pianist plays.  The affect is beautiful; in fact, even the average listener would be able to tell if the pianist was not using the damper pedal.  The sound is flat, dull and lifeless.

As I was thinking about this today, I thought of the wonderful illustration it gives of Psalm 133:

 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

When a fellowship of believers is united, each one “rings” out the praises of God.  What a beautiful song we make when we are all united in our praise and are “vibrating” or responding as the Word is preached or the choir is singing or someone is giving a testimony!

You know, I believe almost anything would taste good drenched in chocolate!  However, if the strings are coated with anything, they will not be able to vibrate.  What sin is keeping you from “vibrating” in tune to God’s Word?  Do you come to church loaded down with the cares of this world?

ID-1009202When we were at our first ministry, I once told Tom that I was going to place a box by the door of our kitchen where he could deposit all the burdens of the ministry, so that he didn’t carry them into our home and destroy our heavenly atmosphere!  We need to apply the same principle to our times of corporate worship as well as to our private devotional times with God.  Always start each with a time of prayer: praising God, but then confessing our sins and shedding all the debris that’s cluttering our lives.  Then our hearts will be “tuned to sing [His] grace,” and we will be ready to be teachable.

So, next Sunday, come prepared to vibrate!  Come and worship and do your part!

Ps 96:3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

Many Hands…

My garden is finally all planted and serving up lessons right and left!  This week, my son Nathan helped me finish planting.  We worked side by side, chatting as we worked.  Whoever said, “Many hands make light work” was right!  That extra set of hands made the job go a lot faster, but that wasn’t the greatest asset; his presence was more valuable than his hands!

Do you love your church people?  Are they your crowd?  Would you rather spend time with fellow believers more than anyone else?  I hope the answer to all those questions is Yes, yes, YES!  J  I have found that no matter the task or event, we all love a crowd!  Whether it is Sunday morning worship, the Sunday School picnic or a work day at the church, we love it when there a lots and lots of people!  Why?  I think it’s the hot coals’ syndrome.

I’m sure you all have sat by a fire and watched the coals glow red, alive with heat.  If you take one out and set it aside, it quickly loses its glow and color.

We need each other!  Just as those coals burn brightly all together, Christians draw strength from one another.  It’s difficult to stand alone!  Some of you must do that all day long at the work place.  Oh, the joy of reuniting with fellow believers and getting “fired up!”  Never think that your presence isn’t important at your church!  You never know what the Lord has planned for you to do, if you are willing!

Have you ever thought of all the tasks it takes to make “church” happen?  There needs to be leadership: pastor, elder, deacon. There are others who lead and teach: choir director, instrumentalist, choir members, Sunday school teachers, Wednesday night children’s workers, youth workers.  There are the unseen tasks: cleaners, grass cutters, weed pullers, flower planters, hedge trimmers, painters, snow shovelers, sidewalk sweepers, window washers!  Someone buys the soap for the bathrooms and orders the Sunday school materials!  The list is endless!  I’m sure I missed someone.

As a pastor’s wife, may I say, “Thank you” for what you do in the church, even if it is not our church.  You have no idea what a blessing you are to your pastor; but more importantly, our Master, Savior and Friend is blessed more than we can ever know!  Working together – it’s the key motto of the Army Rangers and I’m sure many other groups.  It’s what makes the church survive!

” Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.” 1Ch 29:9