Sunday, December 01, 2013
Home home home I am home!!!
What a day!!!
Got to praise team rehearsal and life got real interesting. The leader had had to take his wife to the hospital and she'll be having surgery in the next few days for ulcers related to Chrom's disease. The man who had been asked to take his place had never done it before and when we saw the list of songs...we were blank. Didn't know the songs and the pianist didn't know them and would have to play by score. So we made an emergency executive decision and cancelled the first 2 and replaced them with old familiar favorites. It worked out.
Next, sub leader looks at me and asks what my solo will be. WHAT solo???? He then tells me that leader had informed him I would be doing the solo....I asked where the guest singers were (a couple had gone to leader and told him that they had a music ministry and wanted to sing...so he put them on program and they called at the last minute and said, Sorry...not today). I have just returned from a road trip to another church and went to the car and got a cd...turned it in ...and in the end...it matched the minister's message on the faithfulness of God. There are times when we forget that the pending holiday (Christmas) is NOT about the gifts, food, tree, shopping, parties, etc...but about recognizing that the Christ was willing to come in poverty to save a lost world and offer hope of eternity. To remember that he has always had us on His mind and knows our name and who we are from beginning to end. The love of God and who we are in Him is what the celebration is all about. SO...even though it seemed to be a disaster, the whole service...both of them...came together after all and we were blessed to come together and worship. Honey and sister and I went out to eat, shopped junk stores, and then stopped by the church for a salvage job. Let me explain.......
We have a very large platform in our sanctuary. Second service, I sat down to the side of the stage, glanced down, and decided that the silver necklace I had on was too gaudy with the pin I was also wearing. I took off the necklace and tossed it to the steps near me, not realizing that it would hit the step that housed a heating vent. The Sanctuary is built on concrete and the vents were put in and the concrete poured around them....bottom line....no access to the vents above or under the stage area. The chain and the medallion went straight down the access. After church, the musicians and stage manager all just sadly shook their heads and said "no hope" about getting it back. An elderly woman knelt over the slit and the bass player held his cell phone over it to give light...she thought she saw a glint of silver, but no telling how deep it was, and even her thin arms wouldn't fit down into the opening. So I shrugged, we all left, but the thought was still there...a 'glint' of silver. When sister and I went back to the parking lot to get her car, I decided to take the car flashlight in, look for a metal coat hanger and give it a try. Sister came in and finally had mercy and came over to hold the light. I was lying across the steps, she was lying on the floor of the stage. I straightened the hanger and fished. And, praise the Lord, I retrieved it!!! Told Honey later...don't ever tell me I can't or that something is hopeless....I'll try it. So salvage completed.....went on to Honey's and took a nap.
Back to work in the morning. Back to the drama and insanity and routine and all the stuff I left behind. It's gonna be okay!.
Be blessed all and keep Sparkin'!!!