Sînt fiu de văduvă. Mama avea 27 de ani cînd a rămas văduvă. Înainte de 17 decembrie 1975 am fost alintații tuturor celor din biserică. Am simțit toate brațele și umerii celor care doreau să îi alinte pe copiii păstorului. Se știe: copiii păstorului au statut privilegiat. Alintați și hîțînați pînă peste poate.
După 17 decembrie 1975 am simțit rapid cum brațele se desfășoară și mulți umeri ne-au părăsit. Au rămas doar cîteva familii lîngă noi. Restul bisericii? Cu totul absentă. A fost harul și mila lui Dumnezeu că am supraviețuit spiritual, a fost mila și harul Lui că am supraviețuit fizic.
Cînd am citit articolul de mai jos parcă am retrăit o parte din copilărie. Are biserica nevoie de mai multe instalații audio, de mai multe lumini, de mai multe aparate de făcut cafea pentru pauza de la 10.30? Nicidecum! Iată de ce are nevoie biserica: de ceea ce spune Iacov, religiunea curată și neîntinată este să îi cercetăm pe orfani și pe văduve în necazurile lor. Este nevoie de relații, de în-fățișări, în locul fățăriei, de prezență, nu doar de participare, de dragoste, nu doar de milă.
The lighting, coffee bars, relevant messages, graphics and other things are secondary and serve no assistance to me during the darkest hour of my life. This is in no way a criticism of churches that have coffee bars, nice lighting and catchy sermon titles. However, in everything that is done, we need to make sure that Jesus is at the center. It is a also a reminder that there are hurting people sitting in your congregation. There are people whose marriages are crumbling, people whose finances are deteriorating, people whose children are rebelling and people like me, whose husband has passed away after a brutal fight with cancer. And these people are not impressed with the stage lighting. They could care less about the coffee flavor. They don’t need to be pumped or hyped. They need and are desperate for Jesus. And they may actually be turned off by all that they consider gimmicks to get people to go to church.I scroll down my social media feed and I see churches with pictures of their coffee bars, their concert like settings, their graphics, their trendy sermon series and those don’t appeal to me. I want to see how Jesus has changed a person’s life. I want to see the power of prayer. I want to see how the Word of God can be applied to one’s life. I want to see how Jesus can help the hurting. I want to see how Jesus can heal the sick. I want to see how the broken heart was restored. I want to see how the mourners were comforted. I want to see how lives were restored. Rather than posting pictures of coffee bars I would rather see testimonies of the power of God. I am thankful I attend a church that focuses on prayer and the word of God. I am thankful that in one of the darkest moments of my life I knew I could count on others to pray for me and with me.( I don’t get anymore dates like this anymore)The church does not need anymore coffee bars. They don’t need the lighting. They don’t need the concerts. They don’t need the trend setting. They don’t need couches on the platform. They don’t need to dim the lights to attract people. Tell a person how God has changed your life. Show them the love of God through your actions. Demonstrate how God helped you through the darkest of storms.Church leaders remember that you are not just trying to attract the hip and the cool to your church. You are reaching widows. You are reaching children who don’t have a parent. You are reaching someone battling with a disease. You are reaching a person going through a divorce. You are reaching a businessman who thinks they have all that they need. You are reaching the hurting. And the only thing they need is Jesus.
Here is a link to the FB page where I shared my husband’s fight with cancer.
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