Something happened to me recently that has left me quite pleased and appreciative of the touch of the divine. To me, it’s another affirmation that God is real and helps.
It was a Friday prayer service at my church. The crowd was bigger than usual because we had a speaker, Rev Dr Larry Stockstill, the former senior pastor of a growing church in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, USA, who now is a sought-after speaker. I was sitting at my usual place in the back, relaxed, following the service, although somewhat detached. At the end of the service, the speaker asked all to stand and as he prayed for us, I felt a point between my shoulder blades at the back sort of tingle. I thought it was a little strange, but thought nothing about it.
When I went back home, however, I found that the bloatedness that I often feel because of my acid reflux disappeared. And I wasn’t coughing so much. I decided to wait to see if it were a one-off or a more permanent thing. I soon discovered I could eat more food types (previously I could only eat a limited range of foods) and didn’t feel full all the time. The symptoms of my condition remain but they have become very manageable, and, I have become less stressed out over food!
So, after nearly 10 years, I’m beginning to enjoy different types of food again!
This, really, is what church is all about. You go to church to get connected not just to others of your faith but to God. Most of the time, the latter is hard to discern. Is He here or not, real or not? But, you keep going to church because the vibes are good. And you get to learn something to help you along your spiritual life. Then, one day, something happens and it makes a difference to your life. Not just once, but off and on. And it happens not just to you but to all the others (many others in church shared about the healings and blessings they got from Pastor Larry’s messages and prayers)! That’s church!
These same things can happen to you outside church as well, because church is not confined by the walls of the building. But, when a community of believers gather, something always happens, often imperceptibly, sometimes dramatically, but always happening! It’s called upbuilding!
So, this Christmas, if you haven’t been to church for a while, go, attend a service. There are many churches all over the place! Don’t expect dramatic miracles and the spectacular. Just enjoy whatever is there. Who knows what you’ll receive! The spiritual and the divine may take a while to grasp but you’ll always enjoy the blessings of being part of a community of like-minded believers. That’s a positive environment to come to grips with the divine.
During the Christmas season, churches usually have many activities for kids and adults. My church, Calvary Church, has activities every weekend this month! You can get the details from the website at http://www.calvary.org.my Here, I just want to draw your attention to the Christmas musical, The Velvet Rope, which will be presented on Dec 10 and 11 at 5pm at the Calvary Convention Centre at Bukit Jalil. What makes this an interesting event is that there is a Christmas bazaar before and after the musical! You can take your family and/or friends for a meal or a bite at the bazaar or to do some shopping.
Enjoy the season!