I am thankful today for the Church Invisible. During a large part of this convalescence, I am not able to attend a Church Visible worship service. I miss singing the hymns and the "live" hearing of the preached Word. I miss the hugs, smiles and hand shakes of fellow members. I miss speaking together the shared confessions and prayers of the congregation.
But because of the Church Invisible, I do not miss in any part the continual favor of the Living God whose grace once shed upon His child is never removed. His covenant to be neverfailing in presence or activity in the life of the elect is solely dependent upon His faithfulness. That is reason to rejoice in the pleasures and gifts of the Church Invisible.
One of the sweetest gifts of the Church Invisible is how its visible blessings are communicated by its visible membership. Denominations and diversities swept aside, the fruits of the One Spirit shared by those who worship the same Father, it has been the Church Visible that has been in attendance upon me and my family these many weeks. We have received the benefits of many tangible blessings of meals and visits, of gifts and cards, of prayers and help.
I am thankful for God's Church Eternal.