My mind was made up, I was headed to Wal-Mart before the heat. 8 am didn’t really beat the heat but at least I was able to park in the shade. As I walked in the door an obviously morning person shouted, “hello, how are you?” She was over weight, plain and certainly enjoyed her greeting job.
My checkers ( I had two) were equally cheerful, we chatted about produce, gardening, and the fact that it was a lousy year for squash and tomatoes but there were plenty of other great things in his garden. They sacked my groceries, took my money and sent me on my way.
As I left the store the same cheerful woman bid me a cheerful goodbye. Her good-bye was musical in tone, odd for a greeter at Wal-Mart.
You already know where I am going with this if you don’t your blessed. My plea is to make members and visitors feel as welcome at church as I felt at Wal-Mart. This should be easy and yet it doesn’t always happen. I am still on the kick of let’s visit with one another, smile, chat a little after church and before. Let’s show ourselves friendly, make a joyful noise and shout a greeting.