Jesus grabbed my heart

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By Connie Meyers

Connie and Denny Meyers

Connie Meyers with her husband Denny.

I am Connie Meyers, a disciple of Christ….well, at least I am trying to be a disciple of Christ! You would think that a person that has been a Christian, an Episcopalian no less, since six weeks of age would have been spiritually formed by now. Several years ago I realized that I had been going nowhere in developing my spirit or a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I was not changing.

Sure, I was the one that was active at church all the way through high school. In college I actually got up Sunday mornings and walked to church. But something was missing in all those years and the years that followed. Who was I serving? What was my focus? I heard all the ‘talk’ but wasn’t “walking the walk.” I listened to sermon after sermon but did not hear. I followed the path, but did nothing but stray off course. I didn’t believe that I had any gifts to offer.

Something did happen, I am not sure exactly when or where it was, but Jesus grabbed my heart and I began to get caught up in His word. I am constantly overwhelmed by His message and daily cleansed by my own tears. It may have been the realization that I am indeed aging or that I was grateful for all that I am, all that I have been blessed with, and all that there is yet to be. Regardless of what it was, it doesn’t matter. I have spent the past few years digging deep into knowing Jesus better.

I have found that when I begin each day in the quiet, devotional reading, and filling my heart with “his story” my soul is more anchored in God and I love better. When I wander away (which can be often) I work hard at quickly come back to a life centered on Christ. I am willing and enthusiastic to commit myself to Jesus, all of God’s children and to further the Kingdom of God here on earth. Daily, I pray that the focus on myself is taken away, that I may love actively and that my words and thoughts be in the name of Jesus.

I see myself as a disciple when I play for a worship service for dementia patients at the Pavilions, when I am working with the children upstairs on Sunday, helping to care for my mentally impaired sister-in-law, or helping to care for my grandchildren. Now that I have begun to grow spiritually I know these things:

  • I can be quiet. It is good to be quiet. Honestly, I don’t even say a word! I can listen better to God’s voice instead of hearing my own!
  • I know that if I do not know the Son, I do not know the Father.
  • I am a happier and more positive person when I focus on Jesus and not myself.Ÿ
  • I am blessed by choosing the “blessed path” (Psalm 1)
  • I am reminded by Dallas Willard, a favorite teacher of mine, That when I think that I have made it; I have not, that I will never get to a place where I can stop seeking. For seeking is a way of life.
  • I seek the kingdom of God everywhere. I try to find him in everything, everywhere I go.

I now know that the door is open for me to enter. Being grateful and thankful for everything draws me closer to God. When I am attentive to God’s presence and recognize God’s generosity to me I want to return the favor by praising, loving and serving God and to help others. I want to get out of the pew and do what Jesus would have me do!

I am working at becoming a disciple of Jesus. In the beginning of his ministry Jesus chose the most unlikely men to follow Him. I share some of the same characteristics that those first disciples had…weakness, betrayal, denial, fear, doubt. I even fall asleep sometimes when I am in prayer or I practice “drowsy discipleship.” Rob Bell, a pastor, once said that “the disciples were not the best of the best. They were like a young ‘B’ team, or the Junior Varsity!” I can be a disciple. I will continue to seek spirituality and a deeper life of prayer. More than ever, as my spirit is molded and formed I find myself in the hands of God. I like being there!

 “It is indeed a profound spiritual experience to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.” –Pedro Arruyse, Superior General of the Jesuits, 1983


God acts when I slow down…

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By The Very Rev. Daniel Richards

The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards

The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards

Since the Reformation, Christianity has been mired in major debates about faith. That isn’t news; it is history. We often talk about how the Anglican tradition is poised to be revolutionary and, in fact, the Episcopal church has been in the forefront of several controversial issues that are reshaping the church and our nation.

Are we ahead of the cultural milieu or just another product in lace? More importantly, are we doing what God wants us to do?

It helps to understand that we are a unique branch of Christianity. We are pragmatic and flexible. This all stems from a core characteristic of Anglicanism: we are a practice-based faith.

We are not creedal exactly. We are not really hierarchical. We have both creeds and creedal statements. We have a hierarchy. But those things do not fundamentally define our faith.

Burning of Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer, architect of the Protestant Reformation, was burned at the stake because of his beliefs.

We are defined by what we do. Ever since Thomas Cranmer conceived that the center of the Eucharistic act was the receiving of the bread and wine, we have centered our self-understanding in our practices.

In academic circles we call this “orthopraxis” or right practice as opposed to “orthodoxy” right belief. The simpler truth is that we really should be orthodox, but we allow greater range than other traditions, not out of hubris, but rather we are so focused on our actions that we just aren’t concerned enough to fight.

This has been in turns frustrating and liberating as a non-cradle Episcopalian. I grew up a Southern Baptist, focused on theology and in love with the history and beauty of theology. It was the poetry of Bible and theology that drew me back week after week. But, it was the embodied theology of the liturgy that drew me to the Episcopal church.

I learned there that our outreach flowed from the pages of the Gospels. The formation in the daily chapel deepened my experience of the Eucharist where we read the Bible, we recite the creeds, we care for the poor, we take part in the sacred dance, but we rarely talk about predestination versus free will, much less pre-millennial dispensationalism. We are a people of actions.

There is much to be said about this, but it can be put really simply: we “do” our faith. We do the Office Daily, we do Eucharist weekly, we do meals and food for the hungry, we do welcome. But we also need to balance our doing with thinking.

This is about following Jesus. We do what we do because he asked us to. So as we head into the next year, I will be offering a course on a book I had the vestry study five years ago when I came, Becoming a Blessed Church by Graham Standish.

Becoming a Blessed Church by N. Graham Standish

Becoming a Blessed Church by N. Graham Standish

The book is about seeking God’s direction and will for us before we act. It is a simple thing to stop and pray, but a profound thing nonetheless.

If we are going to say that we follow Jesus, obey Jesus, then we have to ask what he wants us to do, where he wants us to go, and how to be along the way. We do that in prayer.

This is where the Holy Spirit enters into our life. Jesus told his disciples that after he had ascended to his Father, he would send the Holy Spirit to teach, instruct, and guide them. If we are to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, then we have to pay attention to the spiritual dimension of life.

We have to slow down and listen to the Spirit speak within us. God in the Spirit will direct us. I have found that to be a subtle but reliable truth. I don’t always listen, but when I do I discover that my actions have consequences that go beyond my intentions and that my words have the potential of speaking the Word into other lives as well as my own. God acts when I slow down; God speaks in my silence.

So we do. As Episcopal Christians we do a lot; let’s make sure that it is what God would want us to do. Stop. Pray. Listen. Act.




The Divine Economy – the more you give, the more you receive

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By Dave Eitland
Stewardship committee

We pray each Sunday, “All things come from you, O Lord. And of your own have we given you. Amen”

As some of you know, Katheryn and I have just moved again. We have a lot of stuff. Not as much as we once had, but as we move it and unpack it again, it is more than I want it to be. Sometimes I wonder if I want to be “blessed” by all of this stuff, but being raised by a generation not so far from the Great Depression and living through the Recession of the past years, I am sometimes hesitant to get rid of my stuff. So I put my stuff into a storage bin that I drive to when I don’t have room for my stuff in the house or garage I now have.

And everyone has stuff. The cable show Storage Wars tells me of a whole industry built around people abandoning or not able to afford their stuff, which gets sold at auction. And I admit it is fascinating to watch the “treasures” people store in their bins and what they are worth. We as a nation have a lot of stuff.

When I pack and unpack I continue to ask “Do I need all of this stuff?”

If all things come from you, O Lord, and you give me many things and stuff, I need to get rid of the stuff before you bury me in your blessings. I can’t believe the amount of stuff I have recycled or given away to Goodwill or the thrift stores.

I believe there is one Divine Economy where part of my ministry as a discipline is to make sure the stuff God gives me gets put to use. I have found more and more that God is so generous He gives me stuff that I can’t use and that I need to pass along into the Divine Economy so that others might use these treasures God once gave me, so that others can have these treasures and experience the abundance of God.

God gives me more than just stuff in God’s Diving Economy. According to Martin Luther writing about the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” says,

“God gives us food and drink, clothing, house and home, a body, helps us manage our household, gives us and still preserves a spouse (partner), children, work, vocation, craft or occupation, faithful neighbors, good friends, good government, protects us from all harm, wisdom, strength, prosperity, and all we need from day to day.”

In the Divine Economy, God gives us all things that makes life good and protects us from the bad.

In thinking about my giving and all that I have been given, I need to constantly remind myself that I return only a small portion of my time, talent, and financial resources in order for God to do God’s good work in this Divine Economy. How much stuff can I give away to be a blessing for others?

Why I Take My Daughter to Church

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By Abbey Nielsen

Getting to church in one piece is difficult some mornings. My daughter typically naps during church time, and as some of you may know, she gets a little tired, noisy and grouchy. But I take my daughter to church so that she can grow up a woman of God.

A mother and her toddler daughter at church together.

Abbey Nielsen and her toddler, Ellery, often “sing” together in the Grace Harmony choir.

I take my daughter to church because that is something we did in my family growing up. Every Sunday we would get up and go to church. Sunday School was a must where we learned about Jesus and His love for others. There were some days that we didn’t want to attend, but we went anyway. I want my daughter to grow up knowing this church is a place to learn about Jesus, even on days she doesn’t feel like being here.

I take my daughter to church because I want her to learn about God’s love. I want her to know how amazing His forgiveness is and, as she grows up, remembering to be mindful of this. My parents taught my sisters and me about forgiveness – we needed a lot of it as there were three of us, and still do – but knowing that Jesus’ love is the ultimate forgiveness makes life ten times better.

I take my daughter to church to see her church family. While growing up we attended St. Paul’s in Elk Rapids. It always felt like “home” on a Sunday morning as we worshiped as a family. I knew I was safe and loved there, just as I do at Grace now, and I hope that my daughter will grow up and feel the same way.

I take my daughter to church because I love to sing with her. Since she was in the womb she has been attending Grace Harmony with me. It has been such a blessing for me to be able to do this with her, but also has been becoming more difficult the more mobile and vocal she has become. Sunday mornings may become a little more “off key”, and if you hear her rendition of “Moon, Moon, Moon” (her favorite tune) as Grace Harmony is singing a different song, please forgive her. She has always had a love of music, and it is continually growing.

You may hear or see my daughter becoming more active as time goes on, but please know that I am trying my best to get her to church – nap or not – so that she can become a Jesus-loving, forgiving singer on Sunday mornings. And if you happen to step on a pretzel stick, veggie straw or crayon that she’s left behind, please smile and be happy that the future of the church is here!



New Sunday school program starts Sept. 8

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By Catherine Turnbull
Director of Children and Youth Formation

Turnbull_CatherineUnder the aegis of Welcome, Worship, Study, Serve, we’ve been asking ourselves over the years how we can best embody our mission to impart the great stories of the Christian faith and guide children into Episcopal traditions of worship—in a comfortable bracket of time. This year, we’re making a renewed effort to combine elements of story, worship, shared inquiry, and tradition in a multi-age setting.

For our youngest parishioners, we’re calling the new program Grace Upstairs, and it starts with Welcome. At the top of the stairs, a pair of adults will greet each child individually, shake his/her hand, and ask if she/he is ready for worship.

Church school children grouped on the stairs.

The new program Grace Upstairs begins with a Welcome for the children.

We’re moving toward this being the doorway at which children separate from their folks, so that the whole upstairs is the children’s sacred space. From this doorway, children will enter the Toddler Room, the Big Room, or Upper Elementary areas of activity.

Worship and Study will be tailored to the three different areas. The youngest children (~1-3 yrs.) will meet in the room at the end of the hall for music, circle time, and play. In the Big Room, everyone from 3 years to 4th grade will be part of a chapel service that mirrors what the adults are doing downstairs—opening hymn, collect, etc., a Great Story, and prayers (all carefully crafted to be kid-friendly and easy to remember—something like Play & Pray on Adderall). After the worship is complete, children will be able to choose two or three forms of response. Examples of response are: retelling the stories and working with the story materials; some form of art response; and a station whose focus is movement and action.

Everyone will return to the service at the Eucharist.

Service, apart from the children’s participation in Joyful Noise, the healing team, acolyting, etc. will include a regular relationship with organizations like Giving Back to Africa and Aqua Clara, which have direct connections to the Grace community.

Fifth- and sixth-graders (Upper Elementary) will be in a category of their own this year. They will have their own curriculum and their own classroom, perhaps downstairs—almost like a youth group—and they, too, will come back to the Sanctuary at the Eucharist.

For “older” youth, it’s been our tradition to form a group in middle school and keep it together until a pilgrimage trip is accomplished when everyone is in high school. It’s time to change this model and to create two discrete groups where one grade at a time enters and later moves up: seventh- and eighth-graders together in a middle school group, and ninth- through twelfth-graders in a high school group. We are currently choosing new curricula for each group and looking for one that will free us to refocus the trips we take and lessen the burden of fundraising on the kids and their leaders. In addition, we’re developing plans that include family ministry, philanthropy, oral history, retreats, liturgy-creation, and mission. I’m grateful to God that we already have two people committed to being youth group leaders: Amy Richards (middle school), and Renee Wegman (high school). Both Amy and Renee bring positive, compassionate energy to their time with young people. We do hope and expect to have partners for them as the fall begins.

I’m very excited about the direction we’re going and look forward to all of these projects unfolding. Grace Upstairs will begin on Sunday, September 8; it will probably take an additional week or two to organize the youth groups and we will certainly be in touch about that.

All of Grace Church’s programs for its young members are blessed by steady support. Every year, I gleefully rely on close to two dozen imaginative and wise volunteers. For this, and for the support of the congregation, I remain grateful beyond words.



Voice of the Vestry: Acting on what God tells us to do

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By Greg Hagan
Jr. Warden

Junior Warden Greg Hagan

Greg Hagan is Jr. Warden of the Vestry

Recently the Vestry met at the Centre Pointe Building for a one day midyear retreat. The purpose of the retreat was to reevaluate and rearticulate the goals we set out at our retreat in February. The goals we put together are based around our statement of purpose at Grace Church; Welcome, Worship, Study and Serve. Typical with all our gatherings we start out with a reading from Scripture with thoughtful discussions of how the readings fit (or do not fit) in our lives at that moment. We then follow up with a short session of prayer. This has become an important element of our meeting process. It is a priority to us as a group when we come together because it allows us to listen and explore ideas that are put before us in a way that we hope is honoring to God and to each other as well.

Does this mean that we are acting on what God tells us to do an every occasion? We could only hope that it is the way it always works. However, because we still are given the freedom of choice, we could be acting in our own interest. We therefore are careful and deliberate in decisions that we make, prayerful that it is God that is guiding us in our decisions and not our egos. That is why it is important for us to listen to one another and look for common words or themes during our discussions. It is imperative to listen to each other while discerning a pressing topic.

Before the day of the retreat the Vestry conducted a survey of our ministries. The recognized leaders of each ministry were asked general questions about their work with the ministry and about any goals they would like the ministry to move towards. We then shared this information with each other in an attempt to examine our outreach into the Parish and the greater community. Daniel, who was acting as our spiritual leader, guided us in a discussion of how we as a parish are living and may not be living up to being Disciples of Christ. Under the headings of Welcome, Worship, Study, Serve, and also Witness and Stewardship, we listed our accomplishments and noted any areas that need more support. It truly is amazing to see what we as a Parish accomplish and contribute to the benefit of this community. We finalized the retreat with a list of further accomplishments that we would like to see happen in the very near future. We set realistic goals and a target date for the end of 2013. We intend to either have these goals accomplished, or we will have the process in motion to get it done in a realistic time frame.

We also spent time exploring ideas for long range visioning of what we see the Parish looking like 10-20 years from now.




Follow Jesus and forgive: Daniel’s journey

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By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards

The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards

The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards

It is simple.  Really.  Follow Jesus.  Do what he does.  Pray as he prays.  Say what he says.  Live what he teaches.

It should be easy, but it isn’t.  Everyone falls short.  The grace of God is perfect, and we are so imperfect.  But, the promise is that God will give us the grace and mercy that we extend.

We must forgive others.  It is easy to get stuck on forgiveness.  Everyone has their Adolf  Hitler, someone in their life who is just too evil to let go of; and so we let that slide, and with it, the whole enterprise.

Forgiveness is simple.  It is hard and relentless, but it is the place to begin.  God forgives us as we forgive others.  We forgive sins and debts, the two words used in the two versions of the Lord’s Prayer.  We forgive sins, where others have fallen short, the spiritual aspects of offense, the unseen wounds, secret checklists.  We let them go.  We also forgive debts, the physical, real debts that others have racked up with us.

Forgiveness thus becomes freedom.  Then the fun begins.  We can move and use the power of the Spirit to begin to heal and be healed.  We can restore and make new.  We can be in right relationship.

Here is a great mystery.  We are amazing creatures made in the image of God.  We are creative and passionate and loving.  We can take care of creation, see the whole, and respond in new and wonderful ways.  But we are so bound up in other things, uncreative, false, and hateful.

Have you ever imagined what a life lived in grace could look like?  What good could be done!  But we are slave to sin, as Paul says.  We are tied to our electronic lusts and broken vendettas.  We fritter away our lives pursuing that which does not give life and does not make new.

I am always surprised that I can see the reality of grace, but then fall short.  I need a new self everyday.  I wear out my new self almost immediately.  I need God to dwell within me, with all his creative powers to constantly be recreating me.

Creation is accomplished by his word, so truly we must be poems, songs of God’s making, being always sung new.  When I disconnect from God I get old so fast, but when I stay rooted in his presence and wisdom, I get sung new and green.  I am supple and free and quick and creative with a creativity beyond my dreams.

I can live with grace.  I become a part of the new creation, the Rule of God, where sins are forgiven and God is known face to face, Emmanuel, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor.

It is so simple.  When we begin in God, it is not difficult.  We just do what branches do, like children of God, born again.

We rely on each other…

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By  The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards

Rev. Daniel P. Richards

Rev. Daniel P. Richards

When I was about eight years old, my family moved to a new school, and I remember being both nervous and excited. I had not liked our previous move and had decided that this one would be better. Now, I stood in front a new brick elementary school with hundreds of kids I didn’t know as my brother rode off on another bus.

Just then a little boy came up to me and asked my name and told me his. Then he began to tell me about what the expectations were at this school. He had always gone there and somehow knew I needed to know the rules. I do not remember everything he said that day, but I remember distinctly him describing that while we fought by throwing holly berries at each other, you could not hit anyone in the face or head or with a holly branch because they hurt. You could threaten, chase, and even throw, but not hurt. He said, “New boys make that mistake a lot.”

Knowing what is expected can make all the difference in a new place. As a pastor I have often fussed and worried over what people think is expected of them. I want to lay out a vision in outline of what is expected from members of Grace. If you are still the new kid, this is for you.

Our mission is to be disciples and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus’ picture of who God is, Abba – Daddy, is true. We believe that God loves all his children and wants them to return to relationship with him. We believe that our work is to continue to heal the gap (sin) between God and people and people with each other. We call that work forgiveness and justice. It is intense but doable in small doses.

We break down that work here in a simple “methodology statement:” As Episcopal Christians we Worship at home daily and together weekly; Study the scriptures, our tradition, and what it means to be a disciple today; Serve our families, our parish, and our world in the name of Christ. Everything we do is done with an ethic of Welcome because we are only here by Grace.

We expect that every member of Grace will be doing these things. We know that we all fail to do them all perfectly or always. This is not about perfection; it is about relationship. We begin where we are and add on.

Perhaps you worship at church on a regular basis, as you promised at your baptism or your child’s, but you would like to build a home practice of prayer. We can help you do that. Maybe you sense a desire to serve but do not know where to begin. We can help you do that. The staff is here to help equip you for the work of Christ.

Members should be moving forward in each of these four areas: welcome, worship, study, and service. We know that some days we don’t get to the Daily Office, but we keep moving. These areas are general and the specifics may need to be worked out for your situation, but we should all be Worshipping, Welcoming, Studying and Serving weekly.

There is a deeper picture of discipleship that we are starting to sketch out in our common life, and it has been taking shape in two fundamental questions:

What do you Witness to with your life?

What do you Steward for God and the next generation?

These two questions make some assumptions. The first question assumes that your life is bearing witness to something. Every statement makes some propositions. Your life proposes some statements to the people who observe it. What do you bear witness to? That U of M is a great school? That State has a great team? That your political party is right?

As disciples our lives make clear statements about the value and meaning of Christ and what we believe about God, the world, and other people. We say that we believe that God loves everyone, but do we treat other people as if we love them? We say that we are Christians, but do we love and care for other Christians?

The second question too proposes something. We support things with our lives, our money, our time, our talents. We support colleges and sports, shopping malls and political parties. What will you leave behind you when you die?

Our church is stewarded by us. We are expected to give ten percent of our income to the church, to put our time into serving the community, especially those who are suffering and lost. We give our talents to God in our worship and study and fellowship.

Disciples make a difference in the world. We expect members of Grace to be disciples of Jesus. We worship God in him, we study his teachings and what they mean in our lives, we serve others and welcome them in his Name. This is what we do here.

We do these things because we know that we want this place to continue to represent God’s Grace for generations to come, and we know that what we do tells the world what we believe and what we have done with our lives.

We are fortunate that we don’t have to do all of this on our own. The Holy Spirit works in us, but the Spirit moves best when we are moving, and we move in a community. You cannot do everything, and neither can I. We rely on each other.

I needed that little boy on the playground all those years ago. I learned how to play the game from him. Here at Grace we are disciples of Jesus, and we need each other to be in the game together.


Can we develop a Mary heart in a Martha world? Amy Richards’ story…

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By Amy Richards

Jesus visits Mary and Martha

Mary listens, while Martha works.

As many of you know, our family had quite a hiccup in the middle of our move. After a few months of living out of suitcases, we finally have a place to call “home.” There is much work to be done and little time for much else. So when I was approached at church to write something for the web, I was hesitant. “I am so busy,” I thought. “I can’t even think straight. What would I say at a time like this that would benefit anyone?”

But, in the middle of all our busyness, Daniel and I received word that a dear member of the small church in Arizona where we served was being moved into hospice. I cried.  She and her sister-in-law would sit with me in prayer and worship in a small chapel off the cement path leading to the church.

The reality that our family was thinking about getting back to life while my dear sister in Christ was facing death brought perspective. I know our friend is strong in faith and had a dedicated prayer life. I know she is going to be with the God she knows, loves, and proclaims. I know this because of her joy, dedication, and simple faith. Her daughter writes that her mom is ready to go to “The Party.”

Our Arizona friend has no doubt. She knows the Shepherd’s voice and hears Him beckoning her to a new life. This assurance has brought her joy and her daughter peace during this time.

I want to be that sure. I want the voice of the Savior to be so distinct and familiar that there would be no question that the end of this life would be just a door to a reunion – a family party.

Earlier this year I was thinking about my relationship with Christ, and I started to ask myself, “Do I really know His voice? Do I trust Him as God’s only Son? Do I sincerely know Him? Can I testify to others about Him because of a relationship we have?” And the honest answer to those questions was “I don’t know.”

A Mary’s Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver is the book I picked up when I began to ask myself those questions. Honestly, I am challenged to get the reading in because of other life’s demands, but I am plugging away.

Reading the book reminds me that a lot of my relationship with Christ is faith. Faith is the belief in things hoped for, things unseen. Unlike Martha and Mary I didn’t get to be there when Christ physically walked the earth; but Christ says in John 20:29, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”

Yes, it is true that I have not physically seen Him, but I have experienced Christ in real, undeniable ways in my life and have been truly blessed. I remember these times in periods of doubt.

Luke7What I need is time at the Savior’s feet. Often these experiences bring me there. In His presence, love, and teaching, Jesus brings me through difficult times, but do I really need the difficult times to bring me to His feet?

I am often reminded that this life we know is short. So, so many come and go, generations continue, and we are not different. I want to be sure that the busyness that takes over at times does not overshadow the very reason I am busy.

And when the day comes that His voice beckons me to the eternal, and I am going to “The Party,” I will find joy and those I love will have peace.

I hope you find this summer read A Mary’s Heart in a Martha World is as helpful in your faith journey as it has been for me.


Serving those in need – Hygiene Pantry ministry (7/21/13)

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Located in the basement of Jubilee House, the Hygiene Pantry serves the homeless community and the under employed. We offer personal hygiene items such as shampoo, bath soap, shave creme, tooth brushes and toothpaste, deodorant, cleaning supplies and other necessary items that can not be purchased using bridge cards. Without the help of everyone at Grace, Love, Inc and a few other churches, we wouldn’t be able to offer this crucial ministry. The Hygiene Pantry is stocked solely by the use of donations.