She Much Rather …

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The pastor gave the final blessing over the congregation from an empty stage. He looked down at his guitar as he strummed a few soft chords and prayed. He was a gentle musician and an honest preacher.

“Love people and love God!” He’d say. Everybody knew he meant it. He lived it.

Her church wasn’t perfect, but her living room was no sanctuary either. She hated leaving like this. With a click. She wished he would have played one more hymn. She closed her laptop and swallowed hard.

SheΒ much rather have stood in the foyer for a while and shook a stranger’s hand. She would have loved to give her good friend a nod from afar as they said their good-byes with just a smile, while she finished the conversation with the new couple.

She headed toward the kitchen to make lunch.

She much rather have sat at the burger joint with her family and a few others who would have made their way there. They would have bantered between tables about things that didn’t matter much. But they did. All of it mattered. She just had never realized how much it did.

“Lord, help us not take our blessings for granted, especially your Body. Help us to encourage one another. Put us on each other’s hearts and minds. Teach us to pray … for one another. Help us to not take each other for granted. Lord, let us not go back without understanding fully, that we are your Body and you are the Head. Keep us one in love as you are One.”

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

17 Comments on “She Much Rather …

  1. You are a gifted story-teller, Heidi. I imagine, especially for those who live alone, the stay-at-home orders are especially isolating. Thanks for the reminder to reach out to those I know are alone right now.

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    • Thank you for reading and for your encouragement, Jeanne. I pray the Lord will show us how to live out John 13:35 now and when we go back …”By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Hugs to you, my friend!

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  2. We are encouraging each other from afar, but it will be oh so great when we can be together physically in the presences of Christ in our churches again! I smiled when I read ‘the burger joint.’ I think I will make that one of the first places to go with my family again!

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    • Lynn, thanks for the read … Yes, it will be so great when we will be back with our congregations again… I hope we will find a seat at the burger joint … and let’s plan on having a salad (and we will reserve the right to change our minds when we get there)🀣

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  3. Won’t “normal” feel wonderful when we’re able to gather in worship, enjoy hamburgers together, etc?! The air is going to charged with Christmas morning enchantment!

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    • Yes! It will be wonderful … and if this is just a glimpse … just imagine HEAVEN, my friend … then we will see EVERYONE including the LORD πŸ™‚ I can’t stop smiling now. Hugs to you, dear Nancy!

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  4. I woke up in time to watch on Sunday..I loved it and I love what you wrote!

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  5. I think, maybe more than ever, the body craves to be worshipping together again. I know I do. This virus shutdown may have served us well in this aspect. Thank you, Heidi. Each one, reach one. – Alan

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    • I think you are right, Alan! I love “Each one, reach one.” We can’t change the whole world … BUT … we can change the world for one. Blessings, brother πŸ™‚

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  6. She is blessed to be a sociable person. She is an admired social butterfly. πŸ’•πŸ¦‹

    I on the other hand, am not. I avoid handshakes at the door, keep my eyes down just about the whole service, and try to leave quickly to my car thru the side doors.

    Cheers, Heidi! 🌷🎈

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    • Oh dear friend… I need to take lessons from you … I am not really a “butterfly” … more like an elephant when it comes to chasing people down … “WAIIIIIT!!!! I haven’t shaken your hand …. and want to make sure you are good!!!!” πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— (sorry … here I go again, hugging people)
      Cheers, friend!

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  7. Thanks Heidi, You have captured the importance of even the trivial. It is. Beautiful and unusual photo as well. Each droplet has a light in it …how symbolic of our importance to one another.

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