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Learning Lessons from Pew People

January 17, 2018

A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

As a newly-retired pastor, I’m still trying to get used to sitting in the pew.

I’ve spent decades leading worship and preaching, which put me up front. Patty’s in the Choir, so she’s still up front.

Fortunately, the people in the section where my mother-in-law and I sit are very friendly, as if they’re gregariously on steroids or something.

Okay, I’ll be honest: they’re a bunch of rowdies!

And it’s wonderful.

This past Sunday we were talking and laughing to the point that one of the ladies blurted out, “We’re not allowed to have this much fun in church!”

We all froze. Side-eyed each other.

Then we burst out laughing.

After all, The Bible does say,

A cheerful disposition is good for your health;

    gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.

— Proverbs 17:22, The Message version

Our section has yet to leave worship with a spirit of gloom and doom, nor are we bone-tired.

How about you?

 

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