My husband and I, along with our children, had just made the transition to this new Church. It was actually where we met and were eventually married, but we’d not worshiped there since our wedding nearly 20 years earlier. We had moved out of town, and spent many years at my childhood Church until circumstances changed and it became clear we had to find a new place to call our Spiritual Home.
I was going through a very difficult time spiritually, emotionally and mentally – and in hopes of accelerating the healing, I began attending Mass more often. Rooting myself in these encounters with Christ brought comfort to my heart, and strength to my soul.
A Chance Encounter
What happened next, though I would not realize for many years, was about to change my life forever. This chance encounter with the very woman who sparked my faith when I was a teenager was about to set it ablaze! Mrs. P explained that she was responsible for assuring Jesus was never left unattended during the Saturday day long adoration time. She was pretty sure there were still a few time slots to fill, and asked if I would please go see if there were any that I could help with.
Saturday? Are you kidding, I have 2 small kids, with soccer and baseball, plus housework, etc. No way could I give up any time on Saturday, but that look in her eye said I wasn’t getting out without at least pretending to check over the schedule.
Obediently, I marched back in – the only available slot – 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Saturday. Really God? Surely, Mrs. P has left by now … and without signing my name I headed back out of the church. OH Yeah, you guessed it she was still there!
I have no doubt she was a messenger of the Holy Spirit that day and neither was taking no for an answer! I went back, signed up for 2:30 – at the time thinking I’d go a few weeks then erase my name. While, I could not have been more wrong. I kept that hour, diligently for 3 years! Then the Lord called us to another church that had Adoration every day – and 10 years later, I have had the incredible blessing of keeping at least one hour a week with the Lord!!