July 16, 2011

"I Miss the Organ"

Romans 12:9-21

Live in harmony with one another… Do not think you are superior.
Romans 12:16


Our church has no organ. That could be a problem if you’re a member and you love organ music. That was the case for a man seated across the table from me one day. He and his wife had moved into the area and had joined our congregation, leaving behind a church that had a beautiful organ. “At first,” he said, “I didn’t mind the piano, guitars, and drums. I wanted something different. But now I miss the organ”—and the tears at the corners of his eyes told me how much.

I expected that this might lead him to eventually leave our congregation. That’s often the way people in North America handle disappointment with their church: they quietly leave for another church down the street. But even after several years my friend is still part of our congregation, singing both contemporary and traditional songs with us—without the organ.

This man has been God’s living lesson to me about brotherly love. His faithfulness to our church family is a picture of the genuine devotion to others that Paul is teaching in our text.

You and I all experience our share of disappointments with God’s people. Do you find those disappointments transcended by God’s love?

O Covenant God, by calling us to yourself, you call us to live with and to love all who are yours. Help us to do that, especially when our desires and longings go unmet. We need to grow beyond ourselves and our wants. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — David Den Haan

Pastor Dave Den Haan has served at Fairway Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan, since 1999. Previously he served a church in Minnesota. Dave and his wife, Connie, have three children.

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