Each has clinics I like and dislike. I especially like people who practice the open communion meaning all are welcome to participate. What I miss is the altar call. Granted, when I was a child listening to all six verses of a hymn waiting for someone to come forward so we could end felt like forever.
We have gotten contemporary music and denominations to accommodate each flavor of styles people are attracted to. What is missing is the invitation for a relationship with the savior we worship.
When I was five, my father asked if I wanted to go down the aisle. I didn’t know what that meant at the moment. I just remembered the theme song to “Gilligan’s Isle”. When we got to the front, the lady next to me was crying. I said, “Hey lady, why are you crying?” She said they were happy tears. I didn’t understand that either.
Later that week, the pastor came to our home and explained it to me. We prayed and I asked Jesus in my heart. I was baptized soon after.
As soon as I held services for four years in our regional men’s rescue mission, I did not offer an altar call because I thought the staff may not want a woman who was not a pastor performing it. I sang and shared stories. I did build relationships with the guys and they told me I made a difference in their lives.
If I ever get the chance again, I will. The excellent thing about music is that the message inside the lyrics. It stays with people. Perhaps you have heard a song you could not get out of your mind?
Also, the wonderful thing about writing is the reader determines what they will do with the words in their life. I’d love to share what I wish I had mentioned to the guys. You’re here for a reason. Your options may have led you to the place but you get to decide where to go from here. Jesus willingly laid down his life for our sins, mistakes, whatever you want to call them. He is waiting to walk with you. You never need to walk alone again.
Please come. People are flawed and some will disappoint you. You are welcome in the table. Lay your burdens at his feet. I care and so does he.