For the first time that I can remember, our family stayed at home for church services this morning, and no one was sick. We had no other pressing event to attend.
Our church doors were closed, like those of many other churches in America.
To my surprise, the day turned out to be rather cozy and wonderful! If you’re in the same situation, I hope you enjoyed your day as well.
My daughter and I began the morning with a relaxing stretch, and I had my essential cup of coffee.
Via YouTube, we watched our pastor preach an uplifting message, reminding us to keep our faith in the abundant goodness, grace, power, and love of God.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:22
Another sermon by a dear friend and pastor encouraged us to thank and praise God, for his glory and for our own spiritual and emotional benefit.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – Matthew 21:22
After that, my husband mentioned – in a reminiscent way – that he would love some real chocolate chip cookies. You know, the kind with brown and white sugar, real butter, and extra-large chocolate chips.
In recent low-carb months, those cookies have become a distant memory at our house.
While he took a nap, I mixed up a batch in my beloved KitchenAid, put earbuds in, and listened to Jason Gray, one of my favorite Christian musical artists.
One of Jason’s classics is a song called “Sparrows.” Here are the (very timely) lyrics, in part:
There’s not a single star that’s out of place
There’s nothing broken He can’t remake
If you long for hope when you’re afraid
Oh look at the sparrow
Look at the sparrow
If He can hold the world He can hold this moment
Not a field or flower escapes His notice
Oh even the sparrow
Knows He holds tomorrow
Even the sparrow knows
He holds tomorrow
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:7
Later this afternoon, my kids and I plan to record two songs to send to their grandparents, songs we had performed in church, or plan to perform in church. Aidan plays guitar, Shae plays guitar and ukulele, and Rowan plays ukulele. As it happens, one of the songs we will record is a Jason Gray song called “Thank You For Not Forgetting Me.” It is an ideal song for them to play, and for ten-year-old Rowan to sing with me.
Tonight, we’ll gather in the living room, play games, and then continue to read Miss Read’s The Christmas Mouse (linked here), a charming short novel about life in an English village during the mid-twentieth century. I would also like to spend time in prayer together.
When I woke up this morning, I thought the day would be spent making the best of a difficult situation. But instead of making do, we created some great family memories.
We looked for the silver lining, and I believe we found it!
Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. – Psalm 106:1
If you’d like to hear the Jason Gray songs I mentioned, I’ve attached his original versions below. Let me know what you think of them!
How was your Sunday? How did you make the best of your current situation? I look forward to hearing from you.