I've been seeing another big picture lately. I see it from the vantage point of "absent pastor's wife." While Coty has been away, serving in Indonesia and India, I've fielded a few more phone calls and questions, been asked to relay messages, and handled little details that he normally sees to. It has not been a burden at all, but has given me the privilege of seeing things from a little different vantage point than I usually do. I see more clearly the "big picture" of the life of our church. I am seeing and am incredibly thankful for...
the body of Christ
I have watched our little church family display so many evidences of grace, so much compassion, so much affectionate serving, so much love.
Dear, dear DGCC family, I feel so thankful as I see you...
visit the sick
respond to emergencies
sit late at the hospital
sing a hymn as a family at a bedside
care for elderly members
play the piano
lead worship for the first time
teach children to sing
encourage a frightened and discouraged young man
take over teaching a class
pick up a bed from the store,
take it to the apartment,
put it together,
and go back to the store for the missing piece.
tag team visit
give money for a plane ticket
send emails of encouragement and comfort
travel to far away places
bring snacks to the hospital
offer rides to those who can't drive
make phone calls
clean the church building
adopt very special needs children
endure hardship with patience
trust God in trials
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2,3