Weekends sure go by quickly.
Last Friday night, we took care of our new grandbaby Bailey. She is two months old now and becoming more active with her smiling and little goo-goo noises. Shawn and Crystal went out for the evening, so we told them we would keep Bailey all night. It is such a joy to see this little one grow. And, I must admit, I had forgotten how time-consuming it is to take care of such a little one until we took care of Bailey overnight.
On Saturday morning, I met a church lady at a storage place to reserve a unit. We are collecting items for several church yard sales this summer, and my friend requested and got a unit free of charge for three months for the church. Since I am the pastor, I filled out the necessary paperwork. The rest of the day I spent in preparation for Sunday.
Sunday was a great day. Our good friends, the Wahlens, came to be with us in church. Bruce and Margaret are such a blessing with their friendship. They were members of the church I pastored in San Diego. Margaret led our Praise and Worship time yesterday in our worship hour and then sang a solo. The song was about thanking God for the storms of life, so that we could depend on his power and grace and know him more fully.
Their grandson, the miracle baby Ethan, came with daughter Sarah and her husband Ashly, as well. Ethan's premature birth brought many health complications, but God was so faithful as we prayed and prayed and prayed for those many months. Ethan is two and is so cute. His dad Ashly brought him to the front of the sanctuary for introduction and the church members clapped spontaneously for the joy of this miracle. Ethan basked in the applause and it was a sight to behold.
My sermon message was titled, "Who Do You Think You Are?" We have various perceptions about ourselves, but what God says about us is the only thing that is true. If we are part of the Kingdom, we are his CHILD. If we are his child, we are CHANGED. If we are changed, we are CHOSEN for a good work. It's an awesome thing to know who we are and whose we are!
After church, we went to Sundowner's Restaurant and had a wonderful time of fellowship with the Wahlens. Shawn and Crystal were at church, brought Bailey and joined us for lunch too.