Waffle House

 

I hope Heaven is like the Waffle House! As soon as you enter, a chorus of “Welcome!” and “Good Mornings!” waft their way toward you as quickly as the aroma of fresh coffee, bacon, waffles, and maple syrup! There’s always an open chair or booth; coffee and silverware appear on the table with cream and sugar at the ready; orders taken are shouted out in tongues only servers know or understand! Banter is ongoing behind the counter; laughter, teasing, and amens cross over counter lines and customers join in the song and dance that is the Waffle House! Regulars ease into ready conversation among themselves; loners throw in contributions to other loners, and the fun multiplies! Always open no matter the weather, no matter the catastrophe, no matter the day, no matter the time, “Welcome, come on in!” assures all that this house is their house!

Isn’t that it, Dear Lord? We are all welcome; we are all in it together; we all offer our part; we all help each other; we all enjoy the comfort of community; we all know in whose house we reside; happiness, delight, comfort reign. Thank You, God, for showing me how it can be, how it should be, how it is; life lived simply, honestly, compassionately, and in welcoming service to all!  And all in the House say, “Amen!”

 

John 14:1-4

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

I found several verses to the hymn This is the Day! I have compiled them here into a sequence that makes sense to me.

This is the Day

by Les Garrett 1967

The music is Les Garrett’s arrangement of a Fiji folk tune.

This is the day, this is the day.
That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made.

We are the sons, we are the sons,
Of the living God, of the living God.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
And be glad in Him, and be glad in Him.
We are the sons of the living God.
We will rejoice and be glad in Him.
We are the sons, we are the sons
Of the living God.

Open to us, open to us
the gates of God, the gates of God;
we will go in, we will go in,
and praise the Lord, and praise the Lord.
Open to us the gates of God;
we will go in and praise the Lord.
Open to us, open to us
the gates of God.

You are our God, You are our God
we will praise Your name, we will praise Your name;
we will give thanks, we will give thanks,
for Your faithfulness, for Your faithfulness.
You are our God; we will praise Your name;
we will give thanks for Your faithfulness.
You are our God, You are our God;
we will praise Your name.

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