For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10)
Last month, a man opened fire in a church. Three people died, and others were wounded. This is not an isolated event. Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the shooting spree in Colorado that was ended by a church security guard shooting the attacker.
A church security guard? Yep. It’s becoming a common thing. Once upon a time, churches were inviolate sanctuaries, sacred ground that were respected even by those who did not believe.
We do not live in those days.
At our church, a couple of young men have taken this situation seriously and have volunteered as doorwardens. They take turns standing by the doors, holding them open for worshipers coming and going and assisting those who are old or with child. But they are also watching for incursions.
I greatly appreciate their service. I know that it can sometimes be a thankless job, but I believe that it is a vital one.
So, Colton and Emil, I tip my hat to you. (Yeah, the funny-looking one with the weird loop on it.) Your service is not in vain, and it will be rewarded by the Lord of the house that you guard.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)