30 October 2011

Sundays In The Old West

The Old West continues to fascinate people and here and there, there are reminders of its rich history. Sometime it is an old ghost town, sometime a derelict cemetery or even ruts in a trail used by pioneers...

(Ruts on the Old Oregon Trail)

History tells us pioneer families would gather on Sunday to worship sometime in a church building  erected by members or simply in the open if they were lucky enough to be on the (preacher) circuit!

Church gathering can be anywhere of course, God is present everywhere! 

As I was listening to a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace this morning I came across the story of an old Cowboy, one I wish to share...

'One Sunday morning, an old cowboy entered a church just before services were to begin. Although the old man and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were worn and ragged. In his hand he carried a worn-out old hat and an equally worn, dog-eared Bible.

The church he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city. It was the largest and most beautiful church the old cowboy had ever seen. The people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive clothes and fine jewelry. As the cowboy took a seat, the others moved away from him. No one greeted, spoke to, or welcomed him. They were all appalled by his appearance and did not attempt to hide it.
As the old cowboy was leaving the church, the preacher approached him and asked the cowboy to do him a favor. "Before you come back in here again, have a talk with God and ask him what he thinks would be appropriate attire for worship in church." The old cowboy assured the preacher he would.
The next Sunday, he showed back up for the services wearing the same ragged jeans, shirt, boots, and hat. Once again he was completely shunned and ignored. The preacher approached the cowboy and said, "I thought I asked you to speak to God before you came back to our church."
"I did," replied the old cowboy.
"And what was his reply?" asked the preacher.
"Well, sir, God told me that he didn't have a clue what I should wear. He said he'd never been in this church."

May you have a blessed Sunday,

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