Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Well, for the next couple of weeks, we say, “Shiver with those who shiver!”

As we update our HVAC system, we may be without heat for a couple of Sundays. It may be nippy inside the church so be sure to dress in layers and maybe even bring a blanket if you want to.

Instead of focusing on our discomfort, let’s look at this as a blessing in disguise. It is a chance for us to grow in empathy and in God’s love for those who are not as fortunate.

Over the next couple of weeks, every time you feel cool, try one of these soul-warmers.

  • Say a prayer of thanks.
    I am thankful Lord that our church will have a more wonderful and much more efficient heating system for decades and for the generations that shall come to Immanuel. While our church may be chilled, my home is warm. Help me carry in my heart, the warmth of Your great love, too.

  • Say a pray of compassion.
    Father, protect those who are cold and suffer through winter. Draw them near and comfort them in Your warming Spirit.        

  • Be the warmth yourself. 
    Make a commitment to bring hats and gloves for this year’s giving tree.