As I wrote recently, being in a new place for nine months with no friends, family, or church made me feel disconnected and lost. Who knew that God would answer my prayers in the form of a four year old named Katie?
Joy’s recent post, A Limited Time Opportunity, spoke of the importance of God’s gift of community. Her words rang in my heart and mind as I sought God’s will in the church that I would attend. By God’s grace, He led me back to the first church I visited after moving.
What timing God has!
The church is small, yet their love for God is ENORMOUS! There was a community church picnic happening the weekend I decided to go back. What a blessing! A few people even recognized me from visiting a few months back, but there was a special family who stood out to me.
I learned that this family was comprised of a grandmother and her three young grandchildren. The grandmother shared with me that she had recently moved across the country to be geographically close to her grandchildren, but more importantly, to be a christlike presence in their lives.
Get that. She picked up her life and moved across states so that her grandchildren would have the opportunity to attend church and learn about Jesus.
That kind of sacrifice blew me away.
That afternoon, I offered to play with Katie so that her grandmother could visit with other adults. I was so happy to receive a big hug from my new friend when it was time to say goodbye until the following week. Since then, Katie has sat with me every Sunday morning until it’s time for her to go to children’s church.
Jesus tells us, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:37, NIV).
Katie’s grandmother told me when looking for a church, it was important to find a church family to come alongside her, teaching and showing the love of Jesus to her three young grandchildren. My new church has promised to support her in this sacrifice. They have shown great love to this family.
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:26-27
How great it is that we are members of one Church body!
Just as my new church has welcomed these children, Jesus drew kids to Him (Mark 9:37, 10:14, Matthew 19:14, and Luke 18:16). I am already amazed at this small church’s example of Christ!
What kind of sacrifice have you seen to share Christ with others?
See you in the round!
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