The questions poor old Mordi has to answer…at my ripe old age too, it’s a wonder I don’t croak…
Well, here’s a pretty straight forward one: ‘Dear Mordi, I feel so unsettled.’ Peter is abroad, Melt is scarcely here and Bruce is taking a longer sabbatical than anyone, ever. How am I supposed to cope on Sunday evenings? Is my family falling apart? With much love, Timothy.’
My dear Timothy, remember what my young nephew Paul said to you about not letting anyone look down upon you because of your youth? But then Timmy me lad, I guess you need to earn that kind of respect by starting to grow up!
In any family there comes a time when Mum or Dad, or even both, have to go away to attend to duty, holiday, business, or whatever. Sometimes this can be the determining factor, as it relates to how well the family is actually doing. It’s about letting the children determine their own destiny.
In the Church it works the same kind of way, as amongst ‘blood relatives’. We are a family because we are related through Jesus to our heavenly Father, Tim. We are all brothers and sisters and aunties and uncles and cousins…one big happy family.
Now Timmy me lad (don’t know what it is with me today, I feel distinctly Irish although I know I’m a Hebrew) Mum and Dad are coming back, but you need to keep the ship afloat. Now might be a good time to volunteer to actually do something at the evening gathering.
Maybe you should consider joining the worship group? Or perhaps being a welcomer, or getting the coffee urn started up. Maybe Tim, I don’t know whether you’d feel comfortable doing this, but maybe you’d even consider praying with, or for someone? Maybe it’s time for you to run with the evening theme and to ‘go deeper.’
What do you think Tim? You think you’re up to the task? What about getting to know some people from the evening gathering outside of the Church environment, ever considered that one?
But Tim, I do have some good news for you beyond just growing you closer to God! Mum and Dad are coming back!! Yes, yes!! Peter and Mary are home in three weeks; Melt has concluded his Church placement and his overseas travels and is permanently back at Barnies.
Bruce and Nancy will be travelling a bit more, but at least they are here for a few more weeks…but then Tim, most importantly Jesus is here, and he’s with you always. Right now he may be asking you to step up to the plate and keep the family unit together.
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