March 3, 2009 at 10:08 am 1 comment

I got an email last night from a friend who is hard at work getting everything ready for our Grand Opening Day. Their email reminded me that these days are not just full of hope & excitement, though they are certainly present. But there is also stress & frustration, confusion & long hours, along with lengthy lists of things to be found & problems to be solved. And we are coming down to the wire…things that we could put off til tomorrow can no longer be put off! The learning curve is steep and the clock is ticking…


As I read his email I was reminded of something I had read … the story of King David talking to Solomon about building the temple of God in Jerusalem. There’s a little verse tucked in there that I wanted to share with you; something that I think God wants to encourage you with today. “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” (1 Chron. 28:20)

I know that my friend is only one of dozens of people volunteering long hours & sacrificing a lot for the sake of God and his church here. Thomas Merton once wrote, “The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.” I wanted to say that all of you who are working so hard, giving up your time & energy in service to God here are not just “working” or “volunteering”… you are living a spiritual life! Letting your faith not just be words, but also actions…because you are building God’s home; a place where His people, and those who may someday be His people, will come and learn to love and live out loud for Him.

So, be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, our God, is with you! He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the building of His Church is completed.

[written by Rachel Mulder]



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  • 1. Oz  |  March 4, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Thanks… I needed that.

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