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Seminary or Cemetery?
By Karen L. Mechtly

Psalm 122:1
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (KJV)

    When I was a little girl, I confused the word seminary with cemetery. I only knew the word seminary because my father was a minister. Yet, one time I told a woman that my father had learned to preach at a cemetery. That got a laugh!
    But what is not a laughing matter is when as an adult I confuse going to "seminary" with going to a cemetery. My seminary consists of reading and studying the Bible each day and being faithful to meet with fellow believers on the Lord's Day. I know it is important, so I grit my teeth and say, "I don't want to read my Bible right now, but I know I have to." Or worse yet, when it's Sunday morning and I'm grumbling and frowning, looking like I just lost my best friend, am I not treating going to seminary like going to a cemetery?  But when I do as I should, I am always blessed.
    In the Bible, King David had the right idea. He said he was glad when it was time to go to the Lord's house. In the beautiful Psalm 19, David called God's Word "more precious than gold, than much pure gold; .are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb."  That's what going to seminary should be like.

Lord, Help me to be full of joy when reading Your Word and attending Your House.


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