I normally go on vacation right after Christmas Day worship…but not this year. This year my wife and I thought it was a wiser decision to stay through Sunday, Dec. 27 so I wouldn’t be doing sermon prep for Jan. 3 while on vacation. Makes sense but it does throw me off a little bit…hence the needed prayers.
Since our Christmas storm (a.k.a Winter Storm Eric) kept us home for a couple days my brain switched into vacation mode. Now it is Sunday and I am trying to switch back into non-vacation mode and get ready for worship. I have two worship services this morning; Christmas worship at Belmont and First Sunday of Christmas worship at Salem; which means two different services and two different sermons. On a normal Sunday this would be challenging, but today…well…I need some prayers:
–Prayers that I stay focused and not look ahead to vacation starting this afternoon. The people here deserve my best and complete attention and not just part of me. I don’t want Satan to use this to distract me.
–I need prayers for energy. Many pastors know that tons of energy is expended on Sunday and therefore many pastors I know (me included) take naps on Sunday afternoon. This morning I will need some extra energy (more than my pot of coffee can give me).
So thank you, in advance, for your prayers. I know I joke about needing my coffee in the morning to keep me going but I do know that my (and our) true source of energy and strength comes from God alone. So I pray that YOU have a very blessed day and that you may continue to know and experience the love of God in Jesus Christ our Savior.
Take care and God bless!
P.S. If Winter Storm Eric wasn’t enough this past week…we got another inch plus last night. What a mess for a Sunday morning.