Preparing for Worship: Seeing Tabitha

Preparing for Worship: Seeing Tabitha

John Haralson   •   April 15, 2016

“Then you will know that I am the Lord;

those who wait for me shall not be put to shame."
Isaiah 49:23

Dear Friends,

This past week, I took my two oldest daughters to New York City. Linn and I lived there back in the late 90’s, and I had wanted to take my kids there for years.

One of the many highlights of the trip was seeing friends from our old neighborhood. It was great to sit down over dinner and hear them tell my daughters some of the stories of our time in New York. Many of the stories I remembered; but some I had forgotten.

It was a gift to re-live and celebrate our history together. It was an even greater gift to have my daughters hear such dignity conferred upon my life from two decades ago. My friends interpreted my time with them as a blessing.

To be a Christian means to offer up our lives to God in the present, and continue to follow his guidance regardless of where he leads us. Sometimes that path is clear and makes sense to us. At times, however, the way forward is murky and it can seem like the Lord is leading us to a dead end.

A life given to God, however, is never wasted. When we entrust our lives to him and follow his lead, we can be confident that he will one day tell our stories back to us. In his re-telling, we will not be put to shame. We will see the dignity he has conferred upon our lives, telling our stories like the proud Father he is.

This week: Seeing Tabitha, Acts 9:36-43

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John