Sunday, August 12, 2007

More Theology of Nudgment

A friend from El Jefe's hometown visited us this weekend. He and El Jefe had a wonderful time reminiscing about growing up in that small town in the Texas Panhandle. We showed him around the area and took him to the Astros game on Saturday night. When he showed interest in our plans for attending church Sunday morning, we invited him to come with us before driving home, and he readily accepted.

This afternoon he called me while driving back to Dallas to thank me for our hospitality. "I really needed to hear that message from your minister," he said. " I can't tell you how much it meant to me today! I made a point of meeting your pastor and thanking him for that sermon. I'm going to start looking for a church home in Dallas now. I loved our visit and your hospitality, but that service was the highlight of my trip." (The sermon topic was Managing Expectations and the scripture was the first beatitude: Matthew 5: 3.)

And to think that it hadn't occured to me that he would be interested in coming to church with us until the Holy Spirit gave me a nudge and made me listen to our guest more carefully! I can almost hear God saying: " That wasn't so hard now, was it?"


Cathy said...

QG the evangelist! Great story - and thanks for sharing.

Gannet Girl said...

Guess that "perceptive" won out, huh?

My guess is that in your conversation you conveyed something about your joy in amd passion for your faith that made it seem compelling to someone who was also on the receiving end of some nudges.

Oh dear. That might be a football metaphor/pun. I know NOTHING about football but "receiving end" does sound vaguely familiar. My apologies.

Mary Beth said...

Go, Grace! Go, Holy Spirit!


Lorna (see through faith) said...

great you heard and followed the nudge. It isn't so hard - it's the listening that really counts. If we do that - then the rest falls into place.

Mark Smith said...


I'm starting to see signs that nudgment is working for me as well.

Presbyterian Gal said...

I'll wager Jesus is smilin' even now over this.

SpookyRach said...

Mark stole my comment. :)