People want to know their lives make a difference. People want to make the world a better place to live. They want to
believe that they can truly make a difference for the good of all. There is embedded in us, it seems, a desire to be a part of something that changes lives in a positive way.
There is a sweet elementary age little girl in our community.
Her family does not go to our church. However, she faithfully attends our Wednesday Revolution program and Vacation Bible School. This child lives in a home with a lower than average income. Her clothes are always clean, but they are outdated and a bit faded. When we share concerns and prayers you can see her eyes look far off into a distant place. She has perhaps felt more negativity than we would want for any child. But let me tell you about the way her eyes shine when she is greeted with big, warm welcomes! She becomes vibrant, doing cart wheels and hula hooping, when she hits the door on Wednesday afternoons. She is told that she is loved as a child of God. She knows it! Your church is changing her life!
We make a difference for the young and the “young at heart.” Recently, the Deacons shared communion with seven shut-ins. One deacon and I visited a 90 plus years old friend of the church, who has dementia. She can’t remember what day of the week it is or the names of lifelong friends. However, she knew communion was holy and sacred. She took the bread just like she had done since she was a child. She chewed with her eyes closed, perhaps seeing some old faces of the past. Then, her shaky hands held the little plastic cup with reverence. We finished the cup and without hesitation she joined in the Lord’s Prayer. She did not miss a word. My heart melted with warmth. There was no doubt we had connected with the Holy Spirit in that moment. Our friend may not “remember” that moment, but I believe we, the church, made a big difference that day.
Our church is in the business of Sharing God’s Love, Shining God’s Light and Shaping God’s People. I hope you will joyfully, and prayerfully continue to support our ministries with your financial gifts, so together we can continue to make a positive difference in our community.
Blessings, Rev. Trey Hegar