June 13, 2016

Read Joel 2:12-13
As staff chaplain in a local hospital, I was called to the emergency department to console a wife whose husband had just passed away.  As I entered the room, I found the wife with fist in the air - angry, and cursing God for taking her husband away from her.  But in contrast, in the adjacent room, was another gentleman who had just died. His wife and children had surrounded him, and were singing hymns of praise, and thanking God for his life and legacy. 
How would we respond in similar circumstances?  Most likely our response would be determined by where we were in our relationship with our Heavenly Father at that given time. Were our hearts in-tuned with the Lord? 
In these three short chapters of the book of Joel, the prophet Joel speaks of a tragedy in the life of Israel. The people were facing a devastating locust plague and drought - brought on by their own sin and disobedience. When a tragedy hits us, we most likely will turn our face toward God or turn away from Him, and perhaps blame Him for the tragedy that we might be facing.  
Joel’s wise response to the situation was a call to repentance. The interesting thing is that he does not call for them to tear their clothes in grief, but to “tear their hearts  in grief.”  “Give me your hearts,”  He says. “He is eager to relent and not punish.”

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.