"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." - Ephesians 1:3-5
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Overwhelmed for I am Never Alone
I have found that I need this for my soul… to remember.
Honestly, I believe we all do. It’s one of the reasons God
gave us the command to rest. We need to take time for reflection. Without it,
we never really truly realize the weight of all He has done for us.
Today, I’m recalling the past 6-7 years. For my life, that
was when the whirlwind hit.
February 27, 2008 was the day my dad died…
May 26, 2008 was the day my husband’s dad died…
September 3, 2008 was the day our youngest daughter was born…
She was named with a purpose to remember and honor her Papa
Our Girls September 2008
We brought her to church the next Sunday just as we did with
both of her sisters. For our family, attending church on Sunday mornings isn’t
optional. It’s what we do. It’s where we want
A couple of weeks after her birth, however, our church moved
out of the building we attended since years before our oldest was born. It was
a big change… especially considering we were moving from a building that was
within walking distance to a school (not far from the land that would someday
hold our new building), about 15-20 minutes away.
And today is the last time we will gather together as a
church family in that school. Christmas Eve will feel a bit like entering the Promised
Land as we gather at our new building. I don’t want to miss this opportunity to
Our Girls September 2014
Last week, our family had the privilege to do the Advent
reading at church. Each one of our girls surprised us and confidently spoke
into the microphone just as they were asked to do. That was the start of my
Our children have had the experience of doing “church” in a
way that doesn’t claim a building. They’ve had the experience of helping “set
up” church. There is behind-the-scenes work that they’ve had a hand in. And
this morning, I am grateful.
It hasn’t always been easy or ideal doing portable church. And
yet, this season for our church family has truly been a gift. I pray that my
girls will always remember this time in the school so that they never forget
this: The “church” is the people. The “church” is not a building. If we, the
people, do not actively participate… attend… serve… give… there is no church. I
pray that our time at Channahon Junior High will be a memory to reinforce this
in my daughters’ minds… in my mind.
2008 was a tug-of-war with my emotions. If it weren’t for
writing, I don’t even know how much I would actually remember. And yet, last Sunday,
as I held my 6-year-old on my hip, those memories formed in tears. She sang the
words of the final two songs in my ear and I could hardly keep my composure.
The tears poured because God has done an amazing work not
only in my church, but in my very own heart. Oh, how true these words are. It’s
the message God wanted me so desperately to grasp. In all of it… my entire life…
broken friendships; broken hearts; broken lives… I was never alone… “Never Once”
and that leaves me “Overwhelmed”. It’s not about me. It’s all about God.
I don’t want to forget. I want to always remember.
He did it all because He loves me. He loves you. If we could
only all grasp His message this Christmas.
This is what the world needs. That’s why Jesus is the greatest gift ever given.
Never Once by
"Overwhelmed" by Big Daddy Weave
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