We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note” — an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.
THE NIGHT SHIFT
The Cove is beautiful at night. Whether it’s a guest group gathering for prayer around the fire pit, or a group of friends admiring the illuminated steeple and cross high above Chatlos Memorial Chapel, the light of Christ shines strong at The Cove, even after the sun goes down. In my opinion, though, the most impressive nighttime view is found on the deck of the Training Center. As our guests relax in comfortable rocking chairs overlooking the breathtaking mountain landscape, they have the best seat in the house for observing the Creator’s handiwork. And He really shows off when a full moon rises over the scene!
We all know The Cove is far from a nine to five operation; and from late nights to early mornings, there are countless staff who serve faithfully and quietly, with little public notice or accolades. To those of you who serve behind the scenes during the overnight or early morning hours, please accept this public thank-you. Whether you’re a member of our lodging staff or working security, you help to keep our guests safe and comfortable during their stay; and aside from your regular assigned duties and to-do lists, I know many of you also make it a regular practice to pray for our guests throughout your shift.
I love the fact that our inn rooms are prayed over by housekeeping staff as they clean and change linens, but our guests sleeping peacefully and comfortably late at night may never know how many other prayers are being lifted toward heaven on their behalf as the evening hours pass.
A recent report from a staff member working the night shift read, “Quiet night. I enjoyed a conversation with one of our regular guests who was eager to express his joy in Christ and his appreciation for The Cove. It is refreshing to hear from guests like these, and I know that many often work behind the scenes and do not get to hear these reports personally. I need to remember to share these guests’ reports with other staff more often and more specifically.” Ministry is a 24-hour occurrence at The Cove.
In Luke 12:35 we hear Jesus urging His disciples to “be dressed and ready for service.” Whether we work a daytime shift in an administrative role or an overnight shift in Security or lodging, we all need to remain awake, alert and aware of the time. As we read the prophetic truths contained in God’s Word and then look around our country and our world, we realize The Cove’s mission of “Training people in God’s Word to win others to Christ” is more crucial now than ever before.
We’re privileged to have Anne Graham Lotz and Jonathan Cahn join us September 19-21 at The Cove for “Watch and Pray: A Prophecy Seminar.” What an important and timely message these two speakers will bring, as they encourage Christians to “understand the times” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NASB) and to “watch and pray” (Mark 13:33, NKJV) as we await the Lord’s return. Pray for Anne and Jonathan as they prepare to communicate God’s truth and challenge and encourage His people.
We don’t know what the result of the U.S. election will be in November. We don’t know when or where the next terror attack will occur. We don’t the timing and location of the next earthquake or flood or other natural disaster. What we do know is that our God is Sovereign and good and just.
Writer Ellen Vaughn states in her book Time Peace, “Jesus is all around us, beneath, before, behind. Further, Christ is in us. He is with us always, even to the end of the world. His presence gives us rest. He is our Peace.” (Ellen Vaughn, Time Peace, p. 208) Vaughn goes on to say, “He will give us what we need to do His will. We can have hope even in tragedy; we know that sorrow is not the end of the story. We can be at peace in the ‘now’ because we know—even if we don’t understand it—that our times are in God’s hands” (Vaughn, Time Peace, p. 208).
Years before, Billy Graham said it even more succinctly: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out alright.”
As we think about the “night shift,” it’s reassuring to remember that “he who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps” (Psalm 121:4, ESV). Let’s stay awake and alert, serving Him faithfully and joyfully as we wait for His return. And until that day comes, “watch and pray” (Mark 13:33, NKJV).
Click here to join us via the comfort of your own home for a live simulcast! ($30 cost includes all sessions of 3-day seminar.)
Join us in praying for the following events in September:
SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS
All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply).
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)
An Evening at The Cove
with Selah — September 15
A Prophecy Seminar—Keep Watching!
Anne Graham Lotz and Jonathan Cahn — September 16-18
Till We See Christ! Living in the Promise of Eternity
SeniorCelebration with David Bruce — September 19-21
God as He Longs for You to See Him
Chip Ingram — September 23-25
Looking Forward to the Rest of Your Life
Stuart & Jill Briscoe — September 26-28
Thank you for praying!