I happened across this today and it struck a nerve that had been exposed by a conversation yesterday:
After the niggle came the rationalisation and as I started to think of those I know who gain (or are parted from) their children for short periods of time and the associated pain of loss at the knowledge that the joy will be just a brief moment before the child is gone and putting God into the parent's place.
So where were you this weekend?
ps. I don't think you HAVE to be in church all the time but I do think being at family gatherings is part of being family - this was brought home as our family (biological, extended and eternal) came together for a celebration this weekend. Being at a celebration is what families do.
If church isn't a celebration then make it one - I'm sure the dogcollar will moan at first but . . .
Happy Monday - see you all next Sunday :-)