But here we are again - maybe - and it's not feeling quite so fun this time. Why? For starters, we want to do a better job than we did last week. We've got a little bit of a learning curve to make some improvements on the experience we can offer online. I'm feeling the pressure - from myself - and it's going to require some serious work over the next two days, if the weather is as bad as predicted.
Also, we miss church! We don't WANT to miss another weekend of services!
Lastly, we're hurting. If indeed we have to cancel weekend services, it'll be the third time we've done so in the past eight weeks. At the risk of sounding crass or offending somebody - nobody ever likes to hear church people talk about money - I've just got to be honest and say that it's killing us financially. I heard a great leader say today that "it is a noble thing to give money to a work that God is doing through the local church." True, that; but when folks don't have the usual opportunity to give, the impact is huge; more than you might imagine. We hope people will give online, via the mail, or catch up later - but it's not happening yet and we are facing a difficult situation.
That is stressful.
However, I am learning something new in the midst of this, and it's been really cool. It's not necessarily a spiritual thing.
It's about the weather.
My friend Scott pointed me towards a new resource. I've always been comfortable watching the local news and getting the info I need - or maybe checking out weather.com. But this forecaster takes the time to explain the most basic, rudimentary information - and it's fascinating! I'm not only finding out what is going to happen (according to his predictions), but why.
And that kind of knowledge is a good thing.
The spiritual application might be a bit of a reach, but it's a common theme. Struggling through finances, revenue, service planning - it can certainly preoccupy my thoughts. Cause tension and stress. Become an obsession.
And when it does? Time to remember a few important things. Look through new eyes. See a different perspective. Step back and think about the why behind the what. And remember the how.
Joy unspeakable that won't go awayJust enough strength to live for todaySo I'll never have to worry what tomorrow will bring'Cause my faith is on solid rock - I am counting on God
FYI: As of right now - Thursday evening - we are still planning on church at PHS on Sunday morning. If the weather does not cooperate, we WILL stream a live service again. News will go out via email, the website and Facebook. Stay tuned!
ADDITIONAL FYI: If you are a regular financial supporter, please continue to give; support what God is doing through the local church so that we can continue to focus on our mission.