Working at a church can easily become a routine of keeping the good people in and the bad people out. Over the years I’ve worked in church settings there have been occasions when I mistakenly thought some folks should stay out. One time two motorcycle riders showed up in the 4th and Kathleen area and asked at the church office if they could camp outside near the church. I reluctantly consented and warned them that the sprinklers would be on at 4 a.m. The next day they came to ask if they could pray for the success of the church!
One a recent Thursday evening Ray Weaver and I were finishing a conversation in the foyer of 1st Pres. Two ladies appeared and asked if the sanctuary was open. I immediately thought that the scheduled events were finished and of course they should leave so that the alarm could be set. But then Ray said, “We’ll be here for a little while.” So they asked if they could spend a few minutes in the sanctuary and I nodded approval. Ray and I finished up our conversation and they immerged from the sanctuary with tear stained cheeks.
My lesson for the day was a reminder that people in our community are looking for a special place to pray and they know we have a sanctuary. Allowing people access and time for prayer is a priority and I want to be more sensitive when people show up to pray!