Church was about as good as it gets yesterday.
I ran into this verse on a wall before we headed into the sanctuary:
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
(Isaiah 35:10 ESV)
What a comfort – sorrow will flee rather than cling to us! Joy – everlasting joy! – will be on our heads!
That was a good start.
Then the service began. Over lunch every member of the family commented on how helpful the music was!
This was new for me: All Flesh Is Like the Grass
A favorite of mine: Our Great God:
Especially appreciated by the children: Christ is Risen:
And then the sermon! Pastor John addressed a significant issue for those of us with children with severe cognitive impairment – not intentionally and not specifically in those words and I’m guessing he didn’t even have us in mind.
But as soon as the words left his lips, the connection between the point he made and comfort for those of us raising children with severe cognitive impairment seemed clear. Lord willing, I’ll raise it later this week, after the sermon is up at Desiring God so I can read and listen to it again to make sure I heard what I think I heard.
Paul slept through the sermon and then through Sunday School, so he didn’t get as much out of it as I did! But even that was a grace, in a way. God is good.