Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
December 20, 2015
Down on my knees
Trisha Yearwood is known for a song
titled “Down on My Knees.” The quaint song is a message to her husband. She
tells him if he starts taking his love from her, she’d be “down on my knees beggin’ you please” not to leave.
Trisha looks like a lovely woman. She
is in her fifties now. I hope her husband did not leave her. But I am sure
there were many women who
identified with the feelings she
expresses in this tender song.
Dean had left me I’m sure I would have gotten on my knees and begged her not to
leave. Not with all those diapers to change and all the chores necessary to
raise four growing boys. I would have been helpless without her.
down on our knees is something we did more than once to save our marriage. It
is a humbling experience usually driven by a sense of desperation. I have been
there. I have that T-shirt.
brings me to this idea: Christmas is a great time to get down and your knees
and thank God for your blessings. While there is no need to beg God for
anything, getting on your knees is a good way to let God know that you are
humbly grateful for all your blessings.
Christmas Eve I will be on my knees at church receiving the bread and cup of
the Holy Sacrament. While I am serving others in several communion services I
will be thanking God for the folks who are receiving the sacrament from my
hands. Many of them patiently listen to me preach on Sundays and I am an honored
to serve Christ alongside them in our community.
preachers love the Christmas Eve communion service. We love to see families with
children come to receive communion together. Small children enjoy communion even
though they do not understand its full meaning.
have some special Christmas Eve memories. I remember Charles and Jennifer Jones
and their family in Opelika. They never missed communion and they always
arrived at the same time – just as the service was ending.
son Robert is an attorney now but when he was seven he pulled a good one on me.
As he approached the altar he became conscious of the wad of bubblegum in his
mouth. The resourceful little fellow did not panic. Without missing a beat, he
discretely removed the gum from his mouth and with a sly smile handed it to me.
Only the most observant souls saw the transaction occur. Ever since that night
I have felt good about Robert. He has what it takes to handle the ups and downs
of life and keep smiling.
everyone receiving the sacrament on Christmas Eve will be as carefree as little
Robert was that night. Some will be teary-eyed, knowing that this may be the
last Christmas they will have with someone they love dearly. None of us knows
how many more Christmases we will share with our loved ones and friends. So it behooves
us to remember that because life is short we should do our best to squeeze the
last drop of joy possible out of every moment.
is not a cakewalk. We have to embrace it all – the good and the bad, the bitter
and the sweet, the joy and the sorrow – and like Robert, walk on and keep
smiling. We all struggle. We all suffer. We all hurt when families are torn
apart and the end of suffering is nowhere in sight.
we can get on our knees and give thanks! Despite our pain we have much for
which to be thankful. Nothing is gained by cursing God and allowing cynicism to
ruin our lives. Bitterness is a dead-end street. Its end is always gnashing of
teeth and lonely darkness. As long as there is one sip of joy left in the cup
we must not let bitterness rob us of its sweetness.
aging knees then, before Santa shows up, I will find a place to get on my knees
and thank God for all my blessings, especially my wife and my family. At my age
it is not easy to get up from being down on my knees but I believe it is the
best position in which to pray. It is a way of acknowledging the sovereignty of
God especially when there are sorrows tearing your heart out. When bad things
happen, it helps to remember that God is still God and he is still able to
bring good out of bad.
may be the best time to thank the Father for sending his Son. To praise him for
the reconciliation that his grace provides and to ask him to give sweet
reconciliation to those who still have not found it.
their tears on the cheeks of genuine thanksgiving? Of course. Tears come quickly
when we recall God’s mercy and realize we did not deserve it. Tears gush freely
whenever we recall times when things did not go as we had hoped but somehow we
found the strength to go on. Broken things were picked up and unseen hands
helped us put life back together.
long as old knees will bend, and stubborn hearts are willing to become
submissive, there will be reasons to bow down and offer thanks to God.
Christmas might mean more this year if you choose to get down on your knees and
give thanks. Merry Christmas. + + +