I didn't think I'd be posting this weekend, but I can't let this pass. I'm in Washington, DC, for the annual meeting of my national medical organization. Last night, at the President's Banquet, I was totally surprised with a Presidential Citation for my service to the Academy. That was an honor for which I'm most appreciative, but that's not what I wanted to talk about.
This morning, Kay and I joined my son and daughter-in-law for a drive into the beautiful Virginia countryside to attend the services of the Orlean Baptist Church, pastored by a friend of theirs, a retired Marine general named Randy West. Randy has a full-time job on Capitol Hill and volunteers his time as pastor of this small church. Today he preached, then left to bring the message at yet another small church down the way. He's combining the best features of a circuit-riding preacher proclaiming the gospel throughout the area and a tent-maker evangelist who works to support himself while doing God's work.
I hadn't been in a country church like this in years, but I was touched by the experience. The people welcomed us with open arms. A board at the front of the church indicated that the attendance in Sunday School today was 18, up from 16 last week. The choir came up from the pews to perform their anthem--about twenty people, almost all the adults and older children in the congregation--and the music was inspiring. Randy's message about letting God bear our burdens touched me deeply. It was a wonderful and worshipful experience, with a message of comfort combined with a call to service.
I love being in our nation's capitol. It's been exciting to see the Washington Monument out the window of our hotel room. There's a thrill when I think of the history of this city. I hate to leave Washington, but now it's time to get back home and put into practice what I heard today in a country church.
I hope your Sunday was good. Come back Wednesday for my interview with Brandilyn Collins. And there's another surprise interview on tap for next week. Stay tuned.