You’ve heard the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?” Well, I purpose a new one—“In sight, out of mind.”

Let me explain.

As I sat playing the piano, my right hand touched some of the higher white piano keys and they didn’t feel slick like they should. When I examined the bass keys, they were the same. I was embarrassed when I realized the piano technician had recently tuned my piano and touched every key several times  Although I dust my piano frequently, I hadn’t spent time cleaning the keys. So, I grabbed a rag and some soapy water and scrubbed away my neglect.

That led me to thinking. What is in plain sight in my life that I think is just fine, but in reality can lead other people to be critical or neglectful?

People don’t like to have their sins mentioned; do you suppose that is one reason so many people, including widows, stop going to church? Perhaps, because Hebrews 10:25 says, we are to exhort each other to attend church, especially as we see the return of our Lord drawing closer.

Dear widow, have you neglected going to church because you found it difficult to go alone? When I returned, I sat in a different area and found that helpful. Some widows choose to go a bit late, so they don’t have to talk to people who make them feel uncomfortable. Others don’t have an issue with going right back to church after the funeral because they find it comforting to be with their friends.

Lord, don’t let me neglect widows. Help me to encourage them to faithfully attend church.