Do you attend church regularly?
If so, do you go with family or close friends?
Take a few minutes to consider how you would feel if you had no family or close friends there with you..
Would it make a difference to your worship experience? Would it stop you getting involved in or attending events because you were on your own? Would anyone even notice if you weren’t there for one week…two weeks…or even longer?
I would love to be able to say that it not having any family or close friends to share in worship doesn’t matter; I would love to say that not having family or close friends to attend events with doesn’t matter; I would love to say that when missing for one event/worship meeting, other contact you to check you are ok…can you tell there is a “but” coming in this sentence? Sadly for many, each of these things can be the difference between going to a specific church and not going to church at all.
I personally find that quite sad, as going to church is not about individual people, families or friendships, it’s about God, and our relationship with Him!
I do however completely understand and accept that having family and close friends worshiping with you, can add to your experience. However I do know that when you have no family or close friends at your place of worship, it can be difficult at times to attend events on your own. I also agree that when you’re a regular attender at church and you miss a week but no-one contacts you to check if you are ok, it can make you wonder if anyone even noticed you weren’t there, and so can make you feel so alone; you may even wonder whether if you never went back, whether anyone would even notice.
However, maybe we just need to remember who is always there for us, so we are never alone…
Here is the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing the beautiful song Whom Have I.