The Lord IS with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He Will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He Will forsake you.
~ from II Chronicles 15:2 

Because of colds and fevers in our family, along with many hard circumstances we've had to face, our attendance to church has dramatically declined. Even before that we weren't the most devoted patrons. So this last Sunday we were very grateful to find ourselves actually there. All through the previous week I had been praying for God to meet us there, to prepare our hearts, as well as the Pastor and his sermon.

The songs we sang to worship the Lord were wondeful! My heart was softened and I asked for God to fill the sanctuary with His presence, to flood our souls with His Love. Before long I felt spiritually connected to all those around me and I opened my eyes. A Beautiful Light had permeated the room, there was not a space unchanged! The brilliance made me slightly dizzy but I found myself lost in gratitude and Love for my King.

After offering, the pastor went up to the pulpit. Although the Light was not now as pronounced as before, God was still very much with us. Pastor asked us to turn to John 11, to read of how Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. He talked of how the Lord saves us all from death, resurrecting us from sinful lives. He made points of how we too question the Lord, just as Martha and Mary had, yet Jesus loved them and still gave their brother new life. 

As he preached, my heart felt a literal piercing. For a small time I felt like my life could end right there in the middle of the church service. Lord, I prayed, what does this mean? No certain answer had immediately come, but instead I felt a warmth of comfort. Once more I expressed my thankfulness to the Lord for His Love for me. I realized that this was yet another step in the process of His changing me to His likeness. Jesus was piercing my heart.

(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
~ Luke 2:35

Father God, thank You, thank You, thank You for ever Loving me, for ever changing me, for ever taking me back unto Yourself through the blood of Your Son, my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank You, LORD. I Love You with all that I am. In the Lord Jesus' Name, Amen.