By Richard De Haan

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” —Psalm 122:1

Church attendance is a privilege. We recognize that some people cannot attend because of physical problems or other legitimate reasons. But those who can be in church should be. The singing, prayers, fellowship, and teaching of God’s Word are just what we need for the week ahead.

The Nashville Banner reported that 81-year-old Ella Craig had perfect attendance in Sunday school for 20 years. That’s 1,040 Sundays! The article then raised these questions:

Doesn’t Mrs. Craig ever have company on Sunday to keep her away from church?

Doesn’t she ever have headaches, colds, nervous spells, or tired feelings?

Doesn’t she ever take a weekend trip?

Doesn’t she ever sleep late on Sunday morning?

Doesn’t it ever rain or snow on Sunday morning?

Doesn’t she ever get her feelings hurt by someone in the church?
The article concluded by asking, “What’s the matter with Mrs. Craig?” The answer? Nothing at all. But if we are not in church on Sunday when we can be, there is something wrong with us! We need to take a lesson from Mrs. Craig.

Each week if we make it our goal
On Sunday to nourish our soul,
God’s help for the tasks that we face
We’re sure to receive by His grace. —D. De Haan

Weak excuses keep some people from church week after week.

Devotional forwarded to you by:


NCCP Ecumenical Ministry – Church of the Risen Lord

University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC


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