That's a phrase you might hear from a toddler or a grumpy teen. I grew up with strict rules about church attendance- you were not to miss unless you're suffering with a fever or throwing up. Even on a vacation, we found somewhere to attend Sunday services.
A few years back I became a person that I never thought I would be until age 80 or so.....I became a shut-in. I always thought of shut-ins as kinda pitiful and very old. These people were all in rest homes and we would take them a fruit basket at Christmas.
I felt embarrassed to be in this place so early in my life. As I became very chronically ill in my 50's, left me with no choice but to stay home and watch or listen to a streaming service.
The Bible talks about believers meeting together. Here are a few verses that make that clear -
Ephesians 5: 19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
I Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Hebrews 10: 24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
I Timothy:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
I feel guilty about staying home when there is church. I'm just not strong enough to make it and haven't for a few years. The last 4 years I've only ventured out when I have a doctor's appointment.
Many people don't understand and may judge me harshly. I have to ignore negative looks or comments because I know that I'm at peace with God.
Shut ins can serve from their home or nursing home. If the mind is clear, a shut-in can show Christ's love and give encouragement to those around them. And, those who can attend church can be intentional with these members. They may be the most faithful prayer warriors or witnesses for Jesus.
Reach out to these ladies who live at home or in assisted care. You may make a wonderful friend to have devotions with or get creative and knit together. Take some time and find a way to serve God wherever you might be.
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