Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Norman Rockwell captured the delight and warmth in the mother/child bond.

Is the Church Assembly Essential? pt. 4

1Thessalonians 2:7   But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children.

You can count on comfort in the Christ-centered assembly.  You can count on love, support, and help. 

During the recent “shelter at home” directives, I have received banana breads, frosted cookies, cheerful flower arrangements, and heartfelt cards from the church members.  I have received encouraging calls, texts, and emails.  None of this “cherishing” would be taking place during this challenging time if we did not already have a long history as a church family.

All God’s people — not just pastors — need to feel cherished.  “Cherisheth” in the verse above means to warm and take care of.  No one should be left out in the cold.  The local assembly is family who takes care of each other.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:7, the nurse breastfeeds a child.  What does the child do for the nurse?  Eat.  Smile.  Sleep quietly.  In other words, not much.  But the nursing mother loves that child and would do anything for that child. 

Doesn’t every human being need this kind of love? – love not as a business or an investment.  Love as a gift.

I was a loner when I came to Christ.  I had plans to move into the woods of Maine and live in a shack.  The Lord didn’t like my plans.  He wanted me to become a people person.  Of all the changes the Lord desired for me, I think this was His top priority.  The truth is that He wanted to heal me, and I think He has.  I have never been disappointed by the path He has chosen for my life.

If you need a similar healing, don’t hesitate to go to the Lord for it.  He won’t disappoint you, either.