Good Folks, it is Friday, July 10, 2015.
I ask you forgiveness for not having a weekly epistle written for last Friday. Time management did not happen. It is my fault and I take responsibility.
When the Project 3.7 container was picked up this last Tuesday, what was left behind were many folks cheering the driver taking this precious cargo to the docks of the Houston Ship Channel. What was left behind were folks praising God for months of hard work, gifts that materialized in medical equipment and the refurbishing of a 43 foot steel container that weighed 8,597.94 pounds when it arrived. [As of the writing of this note, the container has been cleared for shipping to Panama. Praise God!]
But something else caught my attention, possibly unnoticed by most: a silhouette of the outline of the overspray of blue paint that went on the container. On our parking lot, devoid of this container that stood watch over our grounds for about 12 months, this is all that remains.
Years ago, a preacher was preaching at Annual Conference and asked the question, “If your church was gone from one moment to another, would anyone—other than those attending on Sunday morning—miss it?” What a daunting question. You see folks, I know that the church is of God and proclaims the greatest message of the greatest hope for the world, Jesus Christ. The church will stand. Our church will stand. And it involves everyone in the mission and ministry of invitation, witness and community involvement. What will we leave behind? What will the silhouette of the outline of our lives look like? What will the silhouette outline of this church look like? What story will it tell? Who will tell the story?
For those whose lives were affected by this 43 foot—3.9 metric ton—steel container, the blue silhouette brings a smile of joy and hope and miracles of healing envisioned. For many who have no idea what this blue spray on a concrete church parking lot is, it could mean almost anything.
You have a story to tell. You have a world to invite. You have been blessed to be a blessing.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NRSV)