Sunday, January 11, 2009

Steeple Sunrise

This is the view from the front of our house during the winter months when the trees are bare. Tim made this picture last week as I sat and sipped my morning coffee and looked out at this splendid scene. As far as we are concerned, it's the very best thing about our house - the view of the steeple of our church.

As I sipped my coffee, I thought about the very early risers who were already, at that very moment, praying in the church. I knew that by the time I made my way down the hill and around the bend, the fire of the Spirit would already be kindled. For this house of worship truly is a "House of Prayer."

Each day, from about 3:30 a.m. until midnight or so, many people make their way to the church to pray. Most of them attend our church, but some do not. They are simply local citizens who know that the church is always open for prayer.

Our pastor encourages us to pray. He makes the beautiful church sanctuary a place for prayer. Consistent daily prayer has made a difference for our church. It has made a difference for our family. It has made a difference for me.

There is no better way to begin, or to end, the day than with prayer. "The effectual fervant prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

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