aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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Mixed results in light trading

Attendance was way down in church today. Part of that was the weather, although quite a few elderly, rickety people made it to worship despite a dusting of snow. But overall, the tide continues to go out. The tide comes in, the tide goes out, as people enter new phases of their lives, get tired of what they've been doing, etc.

I don't cause the tide to come in, and I don't cause the tide to go out. I just try to do the Lord's work with whoever's there. When lots of people are flooding in, I hurry to gather the harvest. When people grow scarcer, I work to conserve the harvest.

It's always depressing when there's low attendance. But on the other hand, as I looked out upon the congregation today and served communion to them, I saw in almost every one of them a story. I've been here long enough to really know these people. There are so many good stories of grace, of answered prayers, of growth in faith among them.

Paul said, "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound." What he didn't add was, abounding's easier.
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