Memorials and Blessings

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Staff & Ministry Leaders

I love how the Israelites would build memorials of stones to remember what the Lord had done for them. I love how they would share these stories through the generations to remember the greatness of the Lord.

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”        Joshua 4:4-7

In this ever so busy high tech world we live in, with so much vying for our attention, it could be easy to lose sight or even forget how the Lord has blessed us personally and of how he has brought us out of darkness into His light. We need to remember and share these things with others.  We as a church family also need to remember what the Lord has done for us corporately as His church.  Many of you may not know that twelve years ago Grace looked much differently than it does today.  We were a very small congregation of about 60 people.  My two kids at that time were among a total of 6-8 children in the church.  Our family was contemplating the possibility of finding another church just as other young families had done for the sake of their children growing up in a church where they could develop relationships with other Christian children. There was even talk of closing the doors of the church.  An interim pastor was hired and our small body of believers prayed!  We prayed that the Lord would send someone to lead us out of a situation that seemed dismal.

God heard us and answered our prayers.  He sent Pastor Guy and Yvonne.  (If you haven’t heard the story of how the Holy Spirit led them here, ask them sometime. It was no coincidence; it was the Holy Spirit’s leading.)  They came with a passion and energy for the Lord that had been lacking for quite some time. They came with a vision and direction; they knew what needed to be done and did it!  It was as if the Holy Spirit had breathed new life in us, again!  The excitement in the air was contagious and miraculous things happened.  All it takes is willing hearts and a focus on the Lord and He blesses!  It didn’t all happen overnight but the transformation was miraculous and I thank our awesome God for sending the shepherd we needed with a love for God and His people.  When I look around on Sunday mornings and see all of you, I’m thankful our family stayed at Grace.  I am reminded of our journey and of how each one of you is a blessing!  I love working at the children’s ministries booth and seeing every child, each one a blessing.  We’re all here at GCC not by chance, but here for a reason and we can be used in a powerful way by the Holy Spirit to make a difference for the Lord.  I’m so thankful for the way God has used Pastor Guy and Yvonne here at GCC and for the Godly influence they are.  We are also so blessed to have Pastor Dave and Amy, and Pastor Ben and Andrea.  Let’s continue to love one another and keep our focus on the Lord and remember always the great things God has done and anxiously anticipate the great things He will do.

Give praise to the LORD, proclaim His name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
Sing to Him, sing praise to Him;
tell of all His wonderful acts.
Glory in His holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and His strength;
seek His face always.
           1 Chronicles 16:8-11

Written by Liz Fast – Director of Grace Christian Preschool and Kindergarten

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