Saturday, December 15, 2007cold weather... frozen hearts...
I've been back home for over an hour now, and there are still parts of me that are absolutely frozen to the bone. No kidding... it was that cold! I was out all by my little lonesome for about three hours tonight, and I did my absolute best to preach the Gospel to my fellow man. Sadly, the reception to my preaching was about as warm as the outdoor temperature in the marketplace (which hovered near -16 degrees Celsius or 3 degrees Fahrenheit).
Before going downtown for my customary night of evangelism, I ran an errand for my wife at a nearby shopping mall. Well! let me tell ya! Now I know why the marketplace has been quiet these last few weeks. The crowds are in the malls, preparing for their carnal holidays where they will frolic in materialism and over-consumption. I felt like preaching the Gospel right then and there. I didn't simply because I knew that in 10 seconds flat, I would have security officers "escort" me out. Seriously though, I was so affected by the numberless souls wasting away in things that could not satisfy, nor bring any meaningful joy, I felt like I should do something to help... whether they wanted my help or not!
Unable to do anything for those poor souls, I made my way back to the public place, back to my preaching spot in the marketplace and preached my heart out. When I'm by myself, I rarely last more than a couple of hours, but tonight, I was on a mission (I suppose I always am on Fridays, but I guess I has some emotional zeal in me after beholding those crowds). It was so cold, I sometimes had trouble pronouncing words because my lips and cheeks were frozen, but I wouldn't quit. When I started freezing all over, I walked around to get my blood flowing and I prayed to God for Him to warm me up.
Despite my best efforts, I think I only had two meaningful conversations with sinners. The others either wanted no part of what I had to say, or thought I was a lunatic to be preaching the Gospel of Jesus (a sentiment they enjoyed spelling out for me on numerous occasions). No matter... the Lord was glorified, and if that's all that I've accomplished tonight, it's good enough for me.
That's all I got tonight... I will be preaching both services this Lord's Day, so I appreciate your prayers dear saints of God. The Lord bless you all this weekend, dear readers.
"To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:25)
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