"The Church House" by Doug Fincher

May 9, 2016 - "My cup runneth over…." Psalms 23:5  

"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."   1 Peter 1:8
When I was five years old, we moved to a house on the Henrietta Road north of Center, Texas.  My memories about it are few:  bitter weeds, bitter cow milk…. roasting hickory nuts in the fireplace…. our dog "Nellie"… and the yellow jackets that covered my brother Bill and me with stings.

While playing in the woods one day, we spotted a "church house" not far from our house. It was small, white, and had a cross on the top.  We asked Mother to let us go to church there and the next Sunday we attended our first church service. I don't know its denomination…can't remember what the preacher or members looked like…but one thing I remember well.   The Preacher repeated it over and over again:  It was from the 23rd Psalm: "My cup runneth over". 

Ten years later I attended a tent revival service just off the Center, Texas Square and learned what the preacher had meant.  I trusted Christ as my Savior that night and raced home to tell Mother that I'd been saved.  The whole world looked different the next day… old things had passed away and all things had become new.  The Lord gave me "joy unspeakable and full of glory"….and because of Him… 

…my cup runneth over."