And since she loved being close to Jesus that much, she wanted her mother to know the same feeling. There were two problems, though. Her mother was an invalid and unable to walk, and they lived 18 miles from church. The daughter wanted to go to church so badly; she was willing to overcome these obstacles.
She purchased a basket big enough to put on her back, and she carried her mother all the way to church. They would leave the night before and walk most of the night – just to attend God’s house of prayer and worship. Then they would spend the entire rest of the day walking back home.
And what do Americans do? We tend to let the smallest of reasons keep us from going to church. We are tired from the hard week we just had, or the fact that we "might have" a runny nose.
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