Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.




As the weather warms, the porch swing is my evening prayer retreat. Summer, right on time, the best of seasons. A countryside view invites the option of putting the noise of the times out of mind. Leave the troubles of distant cities and conflicting views. It’s my time to let the swing swing, and the Spirit speak.


Then my three granddaughters burst through the door from the house with music blaring from one of their many toys, dancing happily all over the front porch. “Papa, Papa… listen to this song!  We love this new song!” (The dancing and singing continues as these lyrics fill the air…)

Get up! Get up! Tell them in all the world

        Get up! Get up! Some people have never heard

        That Jesus paid the price, so we could have eternal life.

        Get up! Get up! Tell them in all the world!  


Don’t get the title of this page wrong; the girls are not the source of conflict. Not at all. And the Lord certainly wants me to have my moments of repose and pleasant time on the porch swing so that He and I can refuel as needed. Jesus is the best example of the need to go aside and hear Father God.


The surprising part of this refueling came in the form of the girls and the song they brought out to the porch swing. I accepted their noise as part of God’s download into my soul. In the middle of incredibly conflicted times in the “adult world”, the Lord sent my six, four, and three-year-old sweet girls with a simple song that declares His real priority. He doesn’t refuel my soul so that I can work from home on the swing. People need a new kind of life, a life that only He has provided, and which He sends you and me to help them see.


He refuels you and me when we call to Him and seek Him with our whole heart. And then He calls us to take His new life, resurrected eternal life in Jesus our Savior into every context and every person in our conflicted culture. You are where you are so He can pour His life into you for your good, and out through you for others’ good. Keep your focus on Him and on the message you know:


“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17


Find your porch swing,


Pastor Rich Marshall