Thursday, November 14, 2019
Keep On Pedalling
In 1973, there was a perceived crisis: a shortage of crude oil. We were
told to conserve fuel, to drive less, and to share rides. In the
Netherlands, where we were living at the time, we were given gasoline
coupons, which enabled us to buy a certain number of litres of gasoline
each week. There were also "carless Sundays", when only the
police, ambulances, and fire trucks were allowed to use the roads. It was
wonderful! There were no cars anywhere, the roads were clear of traffic,
people were roller skating, and kids were playing games on the highways.
From the place where we lived, it was about eleven kilometres to
the American Protestant Church which we attended in the Hague, and on
Sunday mornings, we all went on our bikes, the five of us. There were a lot
of people in church on those Sundays, more than usual. Those who attended
on occasion had no place to go and nothing else to do. One Sunday, our
young daughter, who was nine at the time, after having biked some distance,
started to complain, but I told her — in retrospect, not very
compassionately — to quit complaining and to keep on pedalling. After
the service the minister asked me how we made out getting to church, and I
mentioned my statement to our girl.
Our church was struggling at
that time, not from a lack of attendance — a lot of expatriates
needed the fellowship of kindred people — but after they got settled,
they would go sightseeing and have other things to do on a Sunday.
Consequently, there was a lack of funds. There was also the problem that
there were many people from different countries and different denominations
who were used to different styles of worship. It was really hard to satisfy
them all, and it was a problem for the minister and for us elders as well.
We discussed it at length.
Obviously, the minister thought about
what I had said, because the following Sunday his sermon title was,
"Keep on pedalling". He recapped the situation that we found
ourselves in, and he applied some appropriate Scripture passages.
At the present time, there are a lot of our churches struggling. Most of
us can relate to it on a weekly basis. Many articles are written about it,
and many prayers are offered to the Lord, sincerely hoping that a change
will come about. Ministers, elders, and members alike are concerned about
it. Personally, I seem to dwell on this problem quite often, and while I
was thinking about it, a Scripture passage came to mind:
Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; we will
rejoice and be glad in it. (NKJV)
Let us all rejoice in our
church and in our faith in Christ as Saviour and Lord, and let us keep on
pedalling, one day at a time!
Prayer: Our Father in
heaven, there are indeed times when we are really concerned about the
problems which face the Christian church in so many places. We ask for Your
blessing upon our efforts, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Joel Jongkind <email@example.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada
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1:3 – We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly
so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of
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