"... you... are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God." Ephesians 3:22
Those words speak of family for me. It seems that family, that spiritual dwelling place, was made manifest in some divergent ways this past week.
There was the continuation of the rummage sale. What made it a spiritual dwelling place? Maybe this is a stretch, but it was a treat to watch folks continue to work together, to listen to the laughter, the welcoming attitudes, to take in the effort and commitment. It was good. Maybe it wasn't all grand, but it sure warmed my heart.
And then there was Ann's death, and the moments before and after it. There meals, visits, prayers by many that touched the lives of many more. Because they were her family, they were also our family. There was collective sorrow, united in tears and quavering voices, soon to join in a celebration of life, and in that "spiritual dwelling place" that makes us family, family beyond the normal bonds.
There is so much more that fills in the picture, now you provide the minds eye. Just another week? There is never such a thing in the family of God.
In the peace and power of the Christ,
"Lord, you have called us to make a difference in this world, a world that is often broken and lost. You have given us a challenge to make this world a better place. Allow people to see a glimpse of what effect true faith can have on a life, and strengthen us to provide that glimpse. Help us to go forth with your power to transform the world. Amen."
Thursday 12:00 pm; All Church Luncheon, every one's invited, no RSVP needed.
Friday 5:00 pm; Celebration of the Life of Ann Smith (at SOV)