It was a bad church day . . .

Not too long ago, I had a rough, restless day at church. It wasn’t the pastor’s or the musician’s or my fellow worshipers’ fault. Pretty sure it was my fault—even though I have no idea what my problem was. My mind couldn’t focus, I had a hard time listening, and I barely felt like praying along. I started to wonder if I should’ve even gone at all. 

I think we all have “bad” days when it comes to faith, the days when we don’t feel like things are clicking. Those are the times when this encouragement is especially important: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

Even when you don’t feel like it, meeting with other believers is good. You hear that our hope isn’t based on our fickle feelings. It’s based on our faithful God, the God who sent his Son for us, even while we were his enemies. He knows we will have good days and bad days—and he isn’t ashamed to call us his children on any day. So we show up to encourage—and be encouraged by—each other. 

And it works! After I took Lord’s Supper, I went and held my friends’ baby. I thought I was doing them a favor, but it turns out I was the one who was blessed. Within just a few moments of holding that little one, my mind stopped racing, I joined in singing, and felt at peace. (As a bonus, he fell asleep in my arms, and nothing makes you relax more than holding a sleeping baby.) The family who made the effort to bring their three children to church that day—not an easy task—had no idea that God would use their littlest one that day. But God did. And I was thankful.

This coming Sunday (or whatever day you worship), be sure to show up. The people around you will feel blessed and honored to encourage you and to pray for you. 

If you’re having a rough day, feel free to leave a note in the comments. It would by my privilege to pray for you.


Linda Buxa is a writer and editor. If you ever need someone to hold your baby in church, she’s more than willing.



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